Saturday Night Live’s Chris Redd Departs Show
The great Saturday Night Live exodus continues. Monday night, Chris Redd announced he’s leaving the show after five years at 30 Stone. The comedian and NBC released a joint statement affirming Redd’s departure, making him the eighth cast part to leave Studio 8H before the start of Season 48.
“Being a part of SNL has been the experience that could only be described as epic,” Redd’s statement reads. “Five years ago, I walked into 30 Stone realizing that this was an amazing an open door for development. Presently, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish everlastingly, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and to the whole SNL organization. With the utmost sincerity, I can’t thank you sufficiently all.”
Redd’s statement goes on to add he’ll soon make a big appearance a satire special on HBO Max in addition to leading an audio project for Audible. He’s just one of many SNL mainstays departing the show after several seasons at the live sketch satire. Also gone from the show are Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor, and Aristotle Athari.
Michaels affirmed four new cast members earlier this summer, adding Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. The four will join James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman, both heading into their sophomore outings, as feature players.
Earlier this month, Michaels said the impending season would particularly be a “transition year” because of the great turnover rate.
“I feel that there was just a holding,” he told a media scrum at the Emmys. “And we did those at home shows, So there was an intimacy and a bond, an association between the audience and this gathering. And I figure we just I was unable to imagine the world without that entire team. So we just continued onward.
“And this will be a transition year,” Michaels added. “The change yours are always troublesome. Yet additionally really energizing.”