Saturday night live will be another veteran actor when its 48th season premieres.
Chris Redd, who has been on the show since 2017, will depart. He becomes the eighth cast member to leave NBC’s long-running sketch show before season 48 premieres on October 1.
Redd’s departure follows Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney – all of whom departed at the end of season 47 in May – and the summer departures of Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and standout player Aristotle Athari.
“Is a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement. “Five years ago, I entered 30 Rock knowing that this was a great opportunity to grow. Now, with friends who have become family and memories that I will cherish forever, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire SNL organ. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank you all.”
Redd joined Saturday night live as a featured player in the 2017-18 season and was promoted to lead actor before season 45 in 2019. He won an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics in 2018 for the song. “Come Back Barack,” shared the award with fellow lyricists Kenan Thompson and Will Stephen and composer Eli Brueggemann.
Redd also co-starred with Thompson on the NBC series Kenan, produced by Michaels, which was canceled earlier this year after two seasons. He also starred in Peacock’s series Bust DownThere is still no word on the show’s future after airing six episodes in March.
He will title an HBO Max comedy special, Chris Redd: Why do I like this?later this year and bundled with Universal’s feature Cyber Monday, is in the process of development. He’s also co-created and will star in a notable project from Broadway Video and Michaels’ Audible.
SNL has yet to officially announce which members will return for season 48; As of the time of publication, those remaining from last season are Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Cecily Strong, Thompson and Bowen Yang and featured players such as Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson and Sarah Sherman. The show also featured players such as Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.
Part 48 of SNL will premiere on October 1. The presenter and musical guests have yet to be announced.