The exodus from NBC’s late-night variety show, Saturday Night Live, has become greater. The Hollywood Reporter has indicated that Aristotle Athari, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor will depart the legendary show. As the show enters its 48th season, it will not only have to replace Athari, Moffat and Villaseño, but it will also have to replace Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney. Bryant, Davidson, McKinnon and Mooney all announced their departure prior to the season 47 finale in May. Adding on, Saturday Night Live Senior Producer Lindsay Shookus also left the show in August.
NBC has not indicated how it plans to go about replacing Athari, Moffat and Villaseñor. The network has not set a return date for the variety show, but The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the show would likely come back in a “few weeks.” In contrast, longtime cast members Michael Che, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd will return for another season. Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim and Bowen Yang will also appear in season 48.
More details regarding season 48 of SNL will emerge in the coming weeks.