Kenan Thompson is looking for a life after Saturday Night Live.
In a recent appearance on Comedy Central's Hell of a Week, Saturday Night Live comic Kenan Thompson questioned host Charlamagne tha God about the veracity of the reports that the show will stop after season 50 and advised him to start preparing.
Kenan Thompson said that it's an amazing bundle and that the story may have a lot of merits because 50 is a nice stopping point. The comic said that the show's producer and creator, Lorne Michaels, who would be close to 80 years old at that time, is the one who influenced everything.
After creator and producer Lorne Michaels said in December that he was committed to continuing the program until its 50th anniversary, there has been talking that Saturday Night Live may end after season 50. This week, there has been speculation that Lorne Michaels' impending retirement may be a sign that the program is about to end.
Lorne Michael stated in December that he believed he was committed to continuing the program until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years, and that he'd like to see it through. He also noted that it would be a good time to depart. Without naming anybody, Lorne Michael claimed that he had a few people in mind who may succeed him after his retirement. He also mentioned in the interview that the show could continue without him and that he has a feel of where they are heading. The argument is that he stated that he cares too much about the program to ever want it to be poor. It's his life's work he said and added that he will do all in his power to ensure its continuation and success.
Kenan Thompson said that if someone tried to fill his shoes, it would be a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well as that they might slash the budget and that at that point, one can't do that same kind of show. Kenan Thompson was speaking about the sketch show ending or the possibility of the show continuing without Lorne Michaels. One of Saturday Night Live's longest-running comedians claimed that it was unjust to watch the show essentially implode due to the regulations. Therefore, setting a limit of 50 may not be a terrible idea.
Despite the prospect that Saturday Night Live may soon be ending, Kenan Thompson does not see any of his side businesses, such as his production and talent management firm Artists for Artists, as a retirement plan. He claimed that he simply did it since being a producer and hiring people is one of his aspirations.
In 1975, Lorne Michaels founded Saturday Night Live and has produced several legendary TV moments throughout the years while also helping some cast members begin their careers as comedians. The 50th season of Saturday Night Live is scheduled to begin in 2024 and end in 2025.