On Saturday Night Live this season, where is Kate McKinnon, and should you be worried that she’s leaving the show? We understand the concern, given her absence over the past couple of weeks.
The first thing worth noting here is that Kate is not leaving the late-night sketch show, so you can a little easier knowing you don’t have to worry about that. She is still billed as a full-time cast member, even if she is not in every episode early on this time.
So what gives with that? It has to do with Kate’s other projects, including a Joe Exotic movie that she’s been working on for a little bit. The reality here is that SNL has allowed for some more flexibility when it comes to some of its cast members and other projects in its current era. Allowing them to work on other things makes it so that they can stay on the show a bit longer and be happy. We know that it’s a delicate balancing act trying to keep actors on SNL while allowing them to do other stuff, but it does feel like NBC is finding a way to make it work.
Kate is not the only cast member who could be popping in and out this season. Pete Davidson previously missed time to work on some film projects, and we wouldn’t be shocked if we went some episodes without Kenan Thompson (who has a show on NBC in addition to SNL) and then also Cecily Strong (who we could see doing more things on Apple TV+). However, the sheer size of the cast this season makes it so that there are still plenty of people able to perform in sketches.
What do you want to see from Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live moving forward?
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