Lorne Michaels notices the recent mass departures of Saturday night live cast as a by-product of the pandemic and belatedly promised Emmy-winning variety show Weekend update The segment will remain in place until midterm with lead writers Colin Jost and Michael Che at the helm.
Ahead of season 48’s premiere, eight cast members left the series including comedy heavyweights Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and Aidy Bryant. Those departures raise questions about the upcoming season for the long-running sketch show near its 50th season anniversary.
But SNL the boss recently said The New York Times that the larger “revenue” has no effect on the talent pool and is in fact the result of the pandemic spreading job opportunities to some of the more senior actors who would otherwise have left.
“The pandemic has put us in a position where no one can really leave because there is no work,” Michaels said. “And also, if I don’t add new people every year, the show isn’t a show. There must be new people, for our sake and also for the audience.”
He went on to explain that the frequent departures of members are part of maintaining a healthy talent ecosystem on the show and that there is something “much better” about the show when people play just focus on it instead of juggling. SNL with other projects.
“We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people didn’t have enough playing time. The way the series exists is because of that level of innovation,” he explains. “The price of success is people leaving and doing other things; Their main obligation is to their talent and continue to promote that. And there’s something more wonderful about the show when all that matters is the show. There is a time to say goodbye, and there is a natural time for it, but the natural time is only interrupted by the pandemic.”
Michaels is looking at the change positively, noting that this upcoming season will be “a year of renewal. And the change is very exciting. Despite all those potential changes, Michaels promised that lead writers Jost and Che aren’t going anywhere. Weekend updatenow, is intact.
“Especially, with a midterm election coming up, I just need that division to be as solid as it is,” he told me. Times.
Elsewhere in the interview, SNL The host has denied the ongoing rumors that he has plans to retire but noted that as the show reaches its 50th anniversary season, he has big growth plans in mind.
“The 50th day will be a big event. We’re bringing people back from all 50 years and organization and all that. It will be a very emotional and very powerful thing,” he promised. “There won’t be much plus, I can tell you that.”
It was a different approach and feel to the milestone for him in the show’s 40th season. “I’m not one to celebrate,” he said. “Even the 40th [anniversary show]In the end, the only way I got through was because I knew I was doing a gig, and at a certain point the credits were going to come out, and we weren’t going to air.”