"Saturday Night Live" Cast Members, Alums Hit Emmys For Kenan Thompson's Hosting Gig
Current "Saturday Night Live" cast members and alums alike gathered on the red carpet and inside the ceremony Monday night at the 2022 Emmy Awards. Kenan Thompson, this year's Emmys host, and Pete Davidson, Bowen Yang, Kate McKinnon, and Molly Shannon were all in attendance, though they didn't reunite for a cast photo op. This year, "SNL" was up for nine Emmy awards, including nominations for Yang, McKinnon, and Jerrod Carmichael as host. The show was also nominated for outstanding variety sketch series, which it has won five years in a row, and it kept the streak alive with another win Monday night.
When "SNL" returns to NBC on Oct. 1, the cast will look substantially different than it did for season 47, as McKinnon, Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, and Aristotle Athari have all departed the series. New cast members and writers for the upcoming season have yet to be announced in addition to guest hosts and musical performers.
Thompson said back in July that maybe the series should end when it airs its 50th season in 2024. "Fifty is a good number to stop at," he said in an interview with Charlamagne tha God on Comedy Central's "Hell of a Week." "That's an incredible package."
Showrunner Lorne Michaels has previously said that he might step down after the 50th, and Thompson said he's worried about what the show would look like without the creator. "He will be, probably, close to 80 years old at that point, and, you know, he's the one who's had his touch on the whole thing," he explained. "So, if somebody tries to come into his shoes, you know, it's a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well, you know what I'm saying? [NBC] might slash the budget, and then at that point, you can't really do the same kind of show. So that's unfair to watch it just really go down kind of in flames for real because of those restrictions . . . Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea."
While we wait for more "SNL" updates, check out the cast's photos at the Emmys ahead.
Pete Davidson at the 2022 Emmys
Pete Davidson presented the award for outstanding comedy series.