Popular longtime “Saturday Night Live” stars Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney are set to leave the program, Variety and Deadline reported Friday.
Their last regular appearances will be the last show of the 47th season on Saturday, sources told Deadline, and it could include a group goodbye.
There were no immediate details on why they left, but most increasingly took on new creative endeavors outside of the program.
A successful future “SNL” mix is essential for NBC. During the 2020-2021 season, it was the most-watched entertainment program on television among viewers aged 18 to 49, advertisers’ favorite demographic, according to Variety.
Both McKinnon and Bryant have been with “SNL” since 2012.
McKinnon has convincingly transformed on “SNL” into a wild series of various characters from Rudy Giuliani to Kellyanne Conway, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Justin Bieber, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions and Amy Coney Barrett.
She skipped a few episodes this season to film the TV series “Tiger King” Peacock in which she played Carole Baskin.
Bryant will step out in style with his smarmy killer clone of Senator Ted Cruz. She also nailed it with her version of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She is also the creator and star of “Shrill” on Hulu.
Weekend update. He was candid about his personal life on the show, including his battles with mental health, and made a desperate and eccentric Jared Kushner.
Davidson’s current lead role is that of Kim Kardashian’s real-life boyfriend. The two connected last October on the “Saturday Night Live” set, where Davidson played a seriously over-the-top Aladdin to Kardashian’s raunchy Princess Jasmine — on a flying carpet, no less.
Davidson was largely absent this season while filming James DeMonaco’s horror film “The Home.” He took time off from “SNL” past to star in the 2020 film “King of Staten Island,” which he also co-wrote.
“SNL” boss Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer on Davidson’s latest project, the Peacock series “Bupkis,” based on his life and starring him. Davidson is also a co-author.
Mooney has been with “SNL” since 2013 in a wide variety of sketches. Last week, he played Johnny Depp in a cold open Depp/Amber Heard lawsuit skit — and Baby Yoda in “Weekend Update.”