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Chris Redd reveals he’s leaving Saturday Night Live after five seasons

Just under two weeks before the Season 48 premiere, another Saturday Night Live cast member, Chris Redd, has left.

The 37-year-old comedian joined the cast in 2017 as a featured player for season 43 and was promoted to repertory player in 2019 for season 45.

Now Redd’s departure makes him the eighth cast member to depart between the end of season 47 in May and season 48, which debuts October 1.

Four cast members – Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney – left the show right after the final season.

Three others – Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor and lead actor Aristotle Athari – also left the show in early September, while senior producer Lindsay Shookus, who has been with SNL since 2000, also left the show in late August.

“Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I joined 30 Rock five years ago and knew this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” he added.

“Now, with friends that have become family and memories that I will forever cherish, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire SNL organization,” he said.

“From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough,” Redd concluded.

Redd began his comedy career in Chicago, studied with the famous comedy group Second City and was a member of the touring company.

He has guest-starred on a number of TV shows including Chicago PD, Empire, Swiping, and Lonely and Horny while making his feature film debut as rapper Hunter the Hungry in the 2016 comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Joining SNL in 2017 with Heidi Gardner and Luke Null, he made an impression in his first few months.

Redd and co-writers Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen and composer Eli Brueggemann wrote the song Come Back Barack, which aired in an episode hosted by Chance, the Rapper in November 2017.

This song earned Redd his first Emmy Award, winning for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the Song.

During his five-year tenure, he has made impressions on US Senator Cory Booker, Kanye West, Sterling K. Brown and Mayor Eric Adams.

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