Chris Redd is latest to exit 'Saturday Night Live' News
Add Chris Redd to the list of veteran cast members walking away from “Saturday Night Live.” Redd has decided to exit NBC’s venerable late-night showcase after
Add Chris Redd to the list of veteran cast members walking away from “Saturday Night Live.”
Redd has decided to exit NBC’s venerable late-night showcase after five seasons on the program, and is just the latest member of what has been one of the program’s largest casts in recent memory to leave ahead of its 48th season. Lorne Michaels, the show’s longtime executive producer, had anticipated a season of change earlier in the year, and recently suggested the current group of comics stayed together to help each other get through the pandemic.
“Being a part of ‘SNL’ has been the experience of a lifetime. Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” Redd said in a statement. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and to the entire ‘SNL’ organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”
Chris Redd as Kanye West during the "People's Kourt" sketch on Saturday Night Live, on Oct. 9, 2021, in New York.Rosalind O'Connor / NBCDuring his time on the show, Redd gained traction for his impression of New York mayor Eric Adams and took part in a large number of taped videos and sketches. He also shared in an Emmy award for his working in helping to write “Come Back Barack,” a song lamenting the departure of former President Barack Obama. Redd joined the series as a featured player in 2017.
He has an HBO Max comedy special in the works ”Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?” which will premiere later this year. Redd co-created and is set to voice a lead role in a yet-to-be titled project from Michaels’ Broadway Video and Audible. He’s also attached to star in the feature film “Cyber Monday,” which is currently in development at Universal.