Another Saturday Night Live veteran is leaving the long-running show.
Comedian Chris Redd will reportedly not be returning for the show’s 48th season, NBC announced Monday night. His departure marks the latest exit amid a larger exodus of big names leaving “SNL” in recent months.
“Being part of ‘SNL’ was the experience of a lifetime,” he said in a Statement shared on social media. “I joined 30 Rock five years ago knowing it was an amazing opportunity for growth.
“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. From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you all enough.”
He started the show in 2017 and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2018 for the song “Come Back, Barack” on the show.
Redd’s own comedy special, Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This, is coming to HBO Max later this year, and he’s slated to star in the feature film Cyber Monday, which is in the works at Universal, Deadline reported.
Redd, who portrayed New York Mayor Eric Adams on the show, is one of many cast members leaving the show before this season begins next month, including stars Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor and Aristotle Athari.
The show recently added four new feature players, Variety reported.
“SNL” is expected to return on October 1st.