Say it ain’t so, Kenan? The blogosphere is abuzz with news that Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson plans to leave the show at the end of the season. Kenan, an SNL cast member since 2003, apparently is working with Lorne Michaels to write, executive produce, and star in his very own comedy series on NBC.
The untitled series will feature Kenan as the protagonist who decides to leave New York City and move to the suburbs with his in-laws. A sketch comedian since childhood, Kenan is perhaps best known for his work with BFF Kel Mitchell on the classic Nickelodeon shows, All That and Kenan and Kel.
If Kenan does leave SNL, he would end a 10-year run on the show. Consequently, he would tie with former SNL cast member Tim Meadows (a.k.a. Principal Duvall from Mean Girls) for the longest running African-American cast member. With the recent departures of Kristen Wiig following the success of her movie Bridesmaids and Andy Samberg, in addition to ongoing rumors about Jason Sudeikis leaving as well, the future of SNL is up in the air. We’re already enduring a season without the “Target Lady” and The Lonely Island digital shorts. What will SNL be without “DeAndre Cole”?
Will you miss Kenan on SNL if he leaves, lovelies? Check out a gallery of his comedic work through the years, from All That to SNL, to bring back some fond memories.