Since its inception, Lorne Michaels has been the show's star. The producer has been tirelessly working for decades, to the point that they are now synonymous. While Michaels appears to be inseparable from the program, he might make a break.
Kenan Thompson, who starred in the Charlamagne Tha Gods Hell of a Week podcast, talked about the series's final seasons.
Thompson responded to Charlamagne's question whether the show would end after its 50th season. He suggested that it might be beneficial to let the program rest after its 50th anniversary.
The rumor is that the show is coming to a close at the end of its 50th season because Mr. Lorne Michaels does not wish to continue doing it after age 80. Is that true?
Is this the rumor? Yes, I need to start planning. That is a great number to stop at, considering that he will be, probably, around 80 years old at that point. He will be the one who will have his say on the whole thing.
The SNL star explains why Michaels' retirement might be problematic for the program. He believes that NBC will change its product substantially following his departure, and even do some cost-cutting, so the show will not be the same. It's better for the program to conclude its 50th season around.
If somebody tries to fit into his shoes, you know, its a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well, you know what Im saying? [NBC] might slash the budget and then, at that point, you cant really do the same type of show. Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea. [Michaels] is such a legend that he keeps away those corporate wolves every week. It's a unique experience.
Lorne Michaels is currently 77 years old, and the show will last for its 50th season in 2024-2025. With the timings coinciding, and Michaels himself adding to the speculation, perhaps we are witnessing the end of an era. Many actors have gone on to stardom from the show, such as Norm MacDonald, Tina Fey, Pete Davidson, and Amy Poehler.