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Kenan Thompson Leaving 'SNL'? Rumors Swirl But Spokesperson Says No

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'Saturday Night Live' cast Kenan Thompson as the Rev. Al Sharpton perform. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 06:05 PM

A report Monday said longtime "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kenan Thompson would be leaving the show after this season, but an "SNL" spokesman denied the rumor.

Sources told TMZ Thompson was going to leave "SNL" last season but producer Lorne Michaels asked him to stay because the show had such high turnover for this season.

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However, a spokesperson for "SNL" told Deadline the report on Thompson was "incredibly inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season."

That doesn't mean Thompson himself hasn't made that decision, though.

Fans were left unsure what to believe.





In July, SplitSider called the show one that is “still deeply in transition” after announcements that the show would fire Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Brooks Wheelan after their first season; Nasim Pedrad was leaving, too, and Mike O’Brien announced in September he would not return to the show.

"SNL" lost Kristen Wiig and Andy Samerg in 2012; Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen in 2013; and don’t forget Seth Meyers this year, who left to host "Late Night."

TMZ said Thompson is reportedly leaving the show — if he is — on good terms and plans to relocate to Los Angeles.

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