Chris Redd is out at “Saturday Night Live,” NBC announced Monday, bringing the tally of departed cast members since May to eight before the Season 48 premiere on Oct.1.
Redd, whose sketch comedy included impersonations of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and actor Will Smith, called his five-season stint “the experience of a lifetime.”
“Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” he said in a statement reported by The New York Times. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and to the entire ‘S.N.L.’ organization.”
Producer Lorne Michaels said recently that Season 48 will be a “transition year” ― and that’s an understatement. Cast members Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari all exited before Redd.