title iconKenan Thompson: 50 is a good number for SNL, which could end in three years

The “Saturday Night Live” show is coming to an end, right? There is a possibility, according to Kenan Thompson. According to Thompson, 50 is a good number to stop at, when asked about reports that “Hell of a Week” may be exciting, on Comedy Central’s “Hell of a Week” on Thursday. Despite his joke, he admitted, "there could be some validity to that rumor." The 48th season of NBC's "SNL" begins this fall.

As the sketch comedy show celebrates its 50th season, Lorne Michaels, the show's creator and executive producer, turns 80. The 77-year-old vowed to stick around until the 2024-2025 season on CBS Morning. NBC's 'SNL' and Season 2 of the comedian's show discuss 'highly emotional moments Nevertheless, he said, "I wouldn't want the show to ever suffer. I care too deeply about it. It's been my life's work."

A spokesperson for "SNL" and Michaels has been contacted by USA TODAY. Michaels' departure could expose the show to network cuts because "he's such a legend that he keeps the corporate wolves at bay... It's business." NBC has been able to save money by trying to fill his shoes, so if someone takes over his job, it's a great opportunity to save money," Thompson said. Perhaps the budget will be cut, and that will make it impossible to do the same show. Although Michaels could be replaced, the show would still be cost-prohibitive without him, he pointed out.

Even though the show is expensive, it is one-of-a-kind. This is the only one. This is the 'Live from New York show." The longest-running cast member is Thompson, 44, who joined in 2003. Kyle Mooney, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Pete Davidson all left the show after the May 21 season finale. "SNL" premiered in 1975. The show has featured some of the biggest names in comedy, including Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Will Ferrell. Aliens abduct Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant in 'Escape from Planet Earth