Latest News: Pete Davidson Confirms He’s Leaving “Saturday Night Live”!

Chad, Li’l Baby Aidy, Barbara DeDrew and Baby Yoda are all leaving Studio 8H.

SNL’s 47th season will come to an end tomorrow night with the departure of four cast members: Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney. A source familiar with the situation says they will all be leaving the show. New attention will be drawn to the long-running program, which typically uses its summer hiatus to reshape its cast of players and contributors, thanks to the departure of the actors.

NBC refused to allow “SNL” producers to be interviewed.

“SNL” has taken on a new significance for NBC as more TV viewers migrate to streaming services to watch their favorite scripted dramas and comedies on demand. SNL was once relegated to a time slot that network executives didn’t consider important, but now it airs live across the United States at the same time, meaning that it airs in primetime in some areas of the country.. Season 2020-2021 of “Saturday Night Live” had the most viewers in the 18-49 age bracket, which is the target audience for advertisers.

Since joining “SNL” in 2012, McKinnon and Bryant have become two of the show’s most popular cast members. McKinnon’s rubber-faced characters like alien kidnapped Miss Rafferty and late-night barfly Sheila Sauvage made her a breakout star. Bryant’s portrayal of Senator Ted Cruz and her recent pairings with castmate Bowen Yang have been praised by the show’s audience. After joining the show in 2013, Mooney became known for his quirky sketches that give viewers a glimpse into the workings of the show’s set. He depicted a fictional romance with his former co-star Leslie Jones in several of these. Davidson, a relative unknown when he first appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” has become a fixture in commercials and other projects, as well as the gossip pages.

Observing a large number of cast members leaving brings back memories of the “Saturday Night Live” transition that began in 2012 when Andy Samberg, Abby Elliott, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen all left at the end of the season. The show’s remaining cast and a few newcomers had to work together to form a more cohesive unit.

With a new cast that includes Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Chloe Fineman, and Yang by the year 2022, “SNL” will have its largest cast yet. Also getting some attention are Sarah Sherman and James Austin Johnson, two of the show’s stars. Please Don’t Destroy, a trio of young writers/performers known as Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy, has also become a more prominent presence on “SNL.”

Even so, there will be a void left by those who are departing. Despite their relatively short time on the show, McKinnon and Bryant have already established themselves as mainstays of the cast. Her departure from the show has been discussed for years, and her contract has already expired. As a mermaid, McKinnon has portrayed everything from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a Trump administration official. Moreover, Bryant and Shepard have established themselves as a formidable comedy team, frequently appearing in sketches that focus on the interactions between their respective characters.

Ahead of their departures, they have missed several broadcasts in recent seasons to work on other projects, some of which were backed by “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels and his production company Broadway Video. For the past few years, showrunner Michaels has let the actors work other jobs in addition to their roles on the show.

Recently, Davidson has become better known for his personal life rather than for his work on the show. Davidson’s early appearances on “Weekend Update” were limited to self-deprecating stand-up routines, which he frequently performed. However, during his time on “Saturday Night Live,” he has widened his range. Recently, he has impersonated celebrities such as former New York governor Andrew Cuomo and actor Rami Malek and has become increasingly involved in the show’s recorded sketches. Many times, he appears as Chad, a character who is unfazed by dire or fantastic circumstances, such as being stalked by a killer or being sent into space by SpaceX.

Distractions like Davidson’s past relationships have been a source of interest for the media. Davidson was engaged to singer Ariana Grande for a time while he was on “SNL,” but the couple eventually split up. Davidson has recently been dating reality star and mega-influencer Kim Kardashian, who hosted this season’s season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Davidson will no longer be a part of the show, but he is expected to keep a close connection with Broadway Video. ‘Bupkis,’ a new streaming series from NBCUniversal’s Peacock, will feature Davidson as the show’s star, co-writer, and executive producer. This Universal Television-distributed series will be executive produced by Broadway Video’s Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, and Erin David. In a press release on Monday, NBC announced that Edie Falco would play the character’s mother.

Davidson made a few jokes about the show and the streaming service it will appear on during an appearance at NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation on Wednesday. Asked how he felt about being on Peacock, the streaming service responsible for such great shows as “MacGruber” and the reruns of “The Office,” he said, “It is an honor to be on Peacock.”

Deadline previously reported on the imminent departures of McKinnon, Bryant, and Mooney. Kenan Thompson and Cecily Strong, two other “SNL” vets, round out the cast.