Kenan Thompson Leaving SNL? Here’s Why He Decided To Make This Season His Last!

Kenan Thompson is leaving Saturday Night Live, according to a report released by TMZ.

According to the report, Kenan Thompson will be leaving the cast and crew of the hit NBC variety series at the end of the upcoming 40th season. The report also states that Kenan wanted to leave at the end of last season along with Nasim Pedrad.

However, due to the major cast overhaul, SNL creator and head-guy-in-charge Lorne Michaels pleaded with Kenan – asking him to stay for at least one more season. Kenan Thompson first joined the cast of Saturday Night Live back in 2003, making him the most seasoned performer on the show. He worked as a featured player until 2005, which was when he was promoted to a regular cast member that eventually became the veteran actor and senior cast member of the group.

By staying on-board for 11 seasons, Kenan Thompson also made history on the show as the longest serving African-American cast member (a record previously held by ten-season SNL alum Tim Meadows). However, a more important and even more impressive record that was set by Kenan Thompson during his time with Saturday Night Live was the number of impressions he was able to pull off — a whopping 108 (and counting). The only person that has come close to that in the past was Darrell Hammond – another SNL alum and the recently hired Saturday Night Live announcer that will try to fill the shoes of the late Don Pardo.

As of right now, there are still no reports about what Kenan Thompson will do after his days at Saturday Night Live have finally come to an end. Perhaps he wants to spend more time with his model wife, Christina Evangeline, whom he married back in November of 2011. It is also speculated that Kenan wants to be able to spend more time at home with his firstborn child, Georgia.