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Lindsay Shookus has stepped down from her longtime role as producer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
On Friday, the 42-year-old six-time Emmy winner took to Instagram to announce her exit from the show.
“After 20 seasons on Saturday Night Live (and 415 live shows – I counted!), I’ve decided to give up the wild nightlife and move on,” she wrote in a lengthy caption of a photo of her on Position.
Shookus continued, “When I started in 2002, I was a baby from Buffalo, NY, who knew nothing about the business except that I wanted so badly to be a part of it. I found my footing on SNL and I’ve spent the past two decades developing the most incredible friendships and memories alongside some truly brilliant and talented people.”
The New York native added that she met her ex-husband and former “SNL” producer Kevin Miller, with whom she shares a daughter, Maddie, through her work on the show.
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“What could be a greater gift of my time on the show than my sweet and funny daughter who makes every day brighter,” Shookus wrote.
Shookus said she’s excited about her next step and plans to spend more time with Maddie. She went on to say that she would continue her work with the SNL Diversity Fellowship, which she created in 2020, and her organization Women Work F#cking Hard.
The television veteran also expressed her gratitude to “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels and his colleagues.
“I will be forever grateful to Lorne for this unique opportunity…thank you for your support, encouragement and freedom to bring my voice to this legendary stage,” she said, adding, “Thank you to everyone who pushed, supported, taught, listened to, valued and respected me throughout my crazy ride through the salon.”
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Shookus concluded by saying that she doesn’t “know exactly what else the future holds for me,” but she does know she’s “heading for a good place.”
Page Six on Friday reported that Shookus had declined an offer to take another stance on the NBC comedy sketch show, which is being revamped for its upcoming 48th season.
“Lindsay has been on the show for 20 years, she’s been a producer since 2012. They’re making things happen,” a source told the outlet. The insider added, “She was offered another job on the show, but she decided to move on.”
After landing a job as an executive assistant in television in 2002, Shookus rose through the ranks and became a producer in 2012. She also booked hosts and musical guests as well as recruited new talent to head the entertainment department. “SNL” talents.
Shookus previously dated Ben Affleck, 50. The couple first met in 2015 when the ‘Argo’ star hosted ‘SNL’ for the fifth time. Affleck had separated from his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Garner, 50, the previous year and their divorce was finalized in 2018.
After going public with their romance in 2017, Shookus and Affleck split in 2018, shortly before the actor entered rehab. The couple got together in early 2019 but separated in April of the same year.
“She has a kid and an ex-husband and a job in New York and Ben has his family and a job in Los Angeles and while they love and respect each other, they just realized it wasn’t going to work out. “, a source told People. magazine. “They really gave another solid try.”
The insider added, “They will always love each other.”
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In 2021, Affleck rekindled his romance with his former fiancee Jennifer Lopez, 53. The two had ended their engagement in 2004 after two years together.
After tying the knot in a surprise wedding in Las Vegas last month, the couple are set to walk down the aisle again this weekend at a lavish three-day bash at the sprawling Affleck estate in Georgia. .
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