Nickelodeon’s Kel Mitchell: ‘Kenan Thompson Does Not Want To Be Seen With Me’

Kenan and Kel

Say it ain’t so! If you had Nickelodeon in the 90s, you would surely remember the comic duo of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who were known as one loud entity called Kenan & Kel. Now that Thompson has had a regular gig on Saturday Night Live, it looks like he doesn’t want anything to do with his sketch comedy sidekick.

Kel Mitchell, who has seemingly popped out of obscurity for a few minutes, was asked by TMZ about the possibility of a Kenan & Kel reunion. Unfortunately Kel dashed a lot of hopes of 20-something-year-olds who thought the two would grow old together. Apparently, Thompson who has graduated from their humble beginnings of Nick’s sketch comedy All That to SNL, doesn’t even want his name to be mentioned in association with Mitchell.

When asked whether or not he will be included in Kenan’s new NBC comedy show, the 34-year-old said “Kenan does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him.” Even though seeing his old friend’s success must hurt, Mitchell insists that he’s “not upset”, continuing, “I respect his choice of wanting to make a name for himself solo. I’m not declining a [Kenan & Kel] reunion, I know the fans love the show and would love to see some type of appearance with us. I just don’t see that ever happening because of how he really feels.”

However, Kenan feels a little different about doing a Kenan & Kel reunion, having said, “I think the show lives better where it’s at, in the time it was in. I wouldn’t want to taint that.”

The two men got their start as comedians as teenagers in the SNL-like sitcom All That, and then later starred in their own sitcom called Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2000. The two also starred in the comedic film Good Burger.