After this season, Kenan Thompson is officially throwing in the towel on his long-running Saturday Night Live gig. Thompson, 36, joined the sketch comedy in 2003 and has been on the show longer than any other Black cast member.
Sources connected to SNL tell us … Thompson — the most tenured African-American cast member in the show’s history — planned to leave last season, but decided to stay after head honcho Lorne Michaels asked him to stay on … citing the show’s massive turnover this season.
We’re told Kenan has no hard feelings and is leaving on great terms. Our sources say he’s in talks for a new show and plans on moving to L.A. (with his wife and brand new baby) when the season ends.
We’ll miss you, DeAndre Cole.
Thompson has really made a name for himself since his Nickelodeon days. See more about his career, and some of his best known SNL characters in the gallery below.