Many have questioned how long NBC would want to keep Saturday Night Live going, especially as its creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels, 77, continues to age beyond retirement.
Kenan Thompson, who was interviewed on the Charlamagne tha Gods Hell of a Week podcast, said that this might be a good time to finish SNL when the show celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2024-2025 season. Speculation that Michaels may resign may have prompted the debate.
It's reported that the show is coming to an end after its 50th season because Mr. Lorne Michaels didn't want to do it after age 80. Is that true? Charlamagne asked Thompson.
Is that the truth? Thompson replied. All right, I need to begin planning.
Except for a five-year period in the mid-1980s, Michaels has been the SNL showrunner.
Thompson said that 50 is a good number to stop at. He will be, likely, around 80 at that point, and, you know, he's the one who's had his hand on the whole thing.
So, if someone wants to take his shoes, you know, it's a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well, you know what Im saying? It's unfair to watch it go down kind of in flames for real because of those restrictions. Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea, said the speaker.
[Michaels] is a legend that he avoids those corporate wolves, if you will. Thompson said, they invest a lot of money on that program every week. It's an expensive program, but it's a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Although Michaels has said that he might sever his role as showrunner in 2025, he gave no indication that NBC would end the program entirely.
Im going to do everything I can to keep this program going until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years, according to Michaels in December 2021. I'd like to see it through, and I've a feeling that this would be a great time to leave. It's been my life's work. So I'll do everything I can to ensure it continues.
Peacock's Saturday Night Live is now available to stream.