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Is Kenan Thompson Leaving Saturday Night Live?

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OMG!!! Please say it isn’t so. Who’s going to play Whoopi Goldberg for future skits on Saturday Night Live? #travesty

According to TMZ, the show’s most seasoned active performer is planning to leave at the end of the 2014-15 season. Their sources say Kenan Thompson wanted out last season, but producer Lorne Michaels convinced him to stay since there was massive cast changes last year.

The 36-year-old joined the show in 2003, making him the most tenured African-American cast member in the show’s 40-year history. Reportedly, he wants to move to the West Coast with his wife and new baby to pursue new opportunities.

Will you miss Kenan? What’s your favorite performance of his? Weigh in below after reliving his hilarious impersonation of Whoopi.

UPDATE: EW.com reached out to an SNL spokesperson. They said the report is “inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

watch Kenan as Whoopi after the jump

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Darrell Hammond appeared on Saturday Night Live for 14 years before leaving in 2009. This Fall, he returns to his former stomping grounds.

The 58-year-old has been tapped as the new announcer for the long-running staple. He replaces Don Pardo who’s voiced the series for decades until his death at 96-years-old in August. Hammond has previously on occasion filled in when Pardo had laryngitis. Hammond spoke to USA Today about his new gig.

“He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him,” Hammond tells USA Today. “It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.”

read what Lorne Michaels has to say about Hammond after the jump

Cecily Strong Replaced As SNL Weekend Update Anchor

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After two years co-anchoring Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, Cecily Strong has been ousted. She will, however, remain as a regular cast member.

The 30-year-old joined Seth Meyers at the famed desk during the 38th Season and sat alongside Colin Jost last season. It appears, the big boss wasn’t happy with their chemistry or lack thereof. In a rather surprising move, Strong is the one being replaced and not newbie Jost.

“It struggled to find an identity last season… because what had come before had been pretty brilliant,” Lorne added. “This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now. That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”

find out her replacement after the jump

Chris Pratt Tapped To Kick Off SNL’s 40th Season

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Chris Pratt is a hot commodity these days after powering Guardians Of The Galaxy to box office glory. Saturday Night Live wisely picked the 35-year-old actor to kick off the show’s milestone 40th Season. It’ll be his first time hosting the veteran show. Joining him as musical guest for the premiere on September 5 is Ariana Grande. Find out who’s hosting and the musical guest the following week below.

check out who’s on the second episode after the jump

SNL Parodies Solange Beatdown & Michael Sam Kiss

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Saturday Night Live can sometimes be at the mercy of a slow news week. The comedy gods were extremely generous to SNL this week with plenty of hilarious topics for the show to work with.

For its season finale hosted by Andy Samberg, the late-night show tackled two of the previous week’s juiciest stories- Solange’s elevator attack on Jay-Z and Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after learning he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

Check out both sketches below which features plenty of returning SNL alums including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and more. The voiceovers by Solange and Jay-Z during the elevator footage is everything. Apparently a pesky spider was all to blame.

watch both clips below

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Lena Dunham broke her Saturday Night Live cherry last night and did a respectable job doing so. The show wasn’t filled with wall-to-wall hilarity throughout, but there were definitely some memorable highlights.

My favorite skits featuring the Girls actress included the Scandal spoof, “Oooh Child” car sing-a-long and a biblical themed sketch based on her HBO show. Dunham played the original girl but with her signature 20-something Brooklyn angst. The Katt Williams segment was a bust, but Lena’s Liza Minelli impersonation saved it somewhat. Check out all her skits below along with performances by musical guest The National.

check out all the skits after the jump

Lena Dunham Heads To Saturday Night Live

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On March 8, Lena Dunham makes her Saturday Night Live debut. I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. Perhaps SNL’s hilarious Girls parody featuring Tina Fey is why I’m confused. Remember Fey playing Blerta, the older ‘girl’ from Albania? Epic. I wonder if the NBC show will do another spoof now that they have Lena at their disposal.

Joining Dunham as the night’s musical guests are The National who are also breaking their SNL cherry that night. The group snagged a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. Their documentary Mistaken For Strangers hits theaters during the last week of March. Relive Fey’s Girls spoof below.

check the hilarious parody featuring Tina Fey after the jump

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It was the end of an era last night on Saturday Night Live. Seth Meyers anchored his last Weekend Update. The 40-year-old comedian holds the record for hosting the segment the longest. His tenure spans eight seasons and 154 episodes. His former co-anchor Amy Poehler dropped by for his last sketch. Andy Samberg and Bill Hader also make a surprise appearance.

Check out Meyers’ final show below along with guest host Melissa McCarthy’s sketches. My favorites include the Super Bowl halftime show skit, the women’s group sketch and girlfriends talk show. Though she didn’t appear in “28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy,” the video commemorating Black History Month was another highlight. Which ones were your favorite? Weigh in afterward.

check out all the sketches after the jump

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