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.

Reports TMZ:

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.

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