‘SNL’: Chris Redd Leaves for Season 48 – Cast Exits

It’s almost easier to tell you who’s not leaving Saturday Night Live at this point than who is.

Chris Redd is the latest cast member to say goodbye to NBC’s late-night sketch comedy institution, which is leaving the show after five seasons, TVLine has learned.

“To be part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement. “Five years ago I walked into 30 Rock knowing it was a great opportunity to grow. Now, with friends that have become family and memories that I will cherish forever, I am Lorne Michaels and the whole SNL organization. I cannot thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart.”

After being a member of the SNL Released as a featured player in 2017, Redd was promoted to full repertory status in 2019, with memorable impressions of Kanye West and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Redd is the eighth cast member confirmed to be leaving SNL since May, following in the footsteps of veteran repertory players Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney and Melissa Villaseñor, along with freshman featured player Aristotle Athari.

The upcoming Season 48 – which premieres October 1 – will still feature returning cast members Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang, as well as featured players Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman. SNL also added four new featured players earlier this month. In addition, the trio Please Don’t Destroy (Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy), who wore digital shorts last season, are expected to return.

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