That makes four cast anchors who have left in the last two years, with Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg as the two who left last season. Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen are also rumored to be leaving, a rumor which was made stronger by Jay Pharoah‘s since-deleted tweet about it.
Is the “SNL” cast in crisis? Maybe.
The Chicago Tribune makes the case that the mass exodus may turn out to be like a forest fire — “seemingly devastating” damage that actually has a “restorative effect” on the show, citing the departures in 1986 that opened the door for Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and Kevin Nealon, or in 1995 that ushered in the Will Ferrell-Sheri Oteri-Darrell Hammond era.
Out of remaining repertory members Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Pharoah, Kenan Thompson and Nasim Pedrad, will some emerge as the new anchors of the show? One could argue Thompson already has, but who might the others be?
What about some of the featured players, like Kate McKinnon or Cecily Strong? And who will take over as Weekend Update anchor?
It’ll be interesting to see what “SNL” looks like come fall. It certainly has endured its share of ups and downs — will this one prove to be a down year for the sketch show, or a way to freshen things up?
What do you think, “SNL” fans?