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Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon Among Four Cast Members Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

After eight seasons on board Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson will be departing the cast of the beloved variety series. Co-stars Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney are also expected to announce their departures from the show.

After joining SNL at the age of 20, Pete Davidson quickly emerged as one of the brightest young talents the show has had to offer, earning multiple roles in numerous films and shows during his SNL run. Davidson starred in Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island, a comedy film partially inspired by his own life. His upcoming projects include A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies as well as a Peacock show also inspired by his life, Bupkis.

Kyle Mooney has been a part of the SNL cast since 2013 and has played a plentiful variety of characters over his time on SNL, from exaggerated and fictionalized versions of himself in the show’s more meta skits to his more recent recurring venture of playing his own version of Grogu from The Mandalorian on SNL’s Weekend Update segments.

Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon both joined the cast of SNL back in 2012. In the ten years they’ve been on the show, they’ve both established themselves as incredibly hilarious and versatile performers. McKinnon especially has a talent for being chameleonic and has played a plethora of famous figures from Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres to political figures like Jeff Sessions and Hillary Clinton. During her time on SNL, McKinnon made appearances in numerous other programs and films including her co-starring role alongside Mila Kunis in the 2017 comedy, The Spy Who Dumped Me. Bryant starred in her own Hulu series Shrill, too, working with Lorne Michaels, SNL showrunner.

The cast members are expected to depart the show after this week’s season 47 finale, hosted by Natasha Lyonne of Russian Doll, with musical guest Japanese Breakfast.

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Written by Miles Foster

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