We’ve been fairly lucky with Saturday Night Live retaining some of its most-notable female cast members for a while. The show’s been able to thrive with a core featuring Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Cecily Strong, but we are getting to a point where some of that could change?
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Why do we worry about this sort of thing right now? Well, typically SNL cast members sign on for seven years when they first join the show, or at the very least six with an option for seven. It’s a way that the sketch show can retain some talent if someone breaks out as a big deal over their first year or two on the show. A lot of performers do end up leaving after the length of their contract, though some often stay for a season or two longer. What’s interesting about the current cast is that save for Kenan Thompson, just about everyone else is still on their initial contract. Kenan may actually leave at the end of the season, provided that his new NBC comedy pilot ends up being ordered to series.
The good news is that if you like Aidy, she may be interested in sticking around for at least a little while longer. Speaking (via Deadline) while promoting her new Hulu comedy Shrill, Bryant had the following to say about her future:
“I think I’ll definitely go back next season … I’m going to take it as it comes. Especially being at SNL, I’ve really learned to not plan ahead, but being in the moment. But I know I would be incredibly sad if this was my last season and I’m not ready to go.”
Bryant is very much important to the tone and fun of the show’s current cast. She has a killer impersonation of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she often is a scene-stealer in many of the sketches, and we like her ability to alternate between playing the sweet, sometimes-innocent character and then also the person who is completely off the rails. If Kenan does leave this season, we’d be bummed out to lose anyone else — we don’t want to see too many people leave at one time and beyond that, we also want to make sure that people get their proper tributes on their way out the door. Almost everyone else would be completely swallowed in the hype around Kenan’s exit this year.
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