“A Good Time to Leave” – The Hollywood Reporter

Lorne Michaels says he’s considering exiting NBC Saturday Night Live.

77 years SNL co-creator said CBS Morning That he may leave the sketch comedy establishment late at night after the show’s 50th anniversary season, which begins in 2024.

“You know, I think I’m committed to doing this show until its fiftieth anniversary, which is three years later,” he said. “I would like to see it through and have a feeling it would be a good time to leave. But… I wouldn’t want the show to be bad at all. I care deeply about it. It’s been my life’s work. So I’m going to do everything I can to see it go on.”

Asked if there can be a file SNL “Of course,” replied the executive producer, without him, then added vaguely, “I have a sense of where we’re headed, you know.” Pressed for who he would take charge of, he refused permission. “I’m not going to go on with it – it’s three years.”

While Michaels usually brushes off any retirement proposal, this isn’t the first time he’s at least hinted at such a plan. In October 2020, Michaels told NBC today, “My plan–and I’m not sure I’m going to complete it–but my plan is to be here on the 50th…and then, at that point, I really deserve to walk around.”

The 20-time Emmy winner has previously walked out of the show and strayed for five years in the early ’80s, but has otherwise been its host since the series launched in 1975.

On another topic, Michaels was asked if any comedy is really off limits nowadays. He replied, “I think it’s up to the writer or the performer to figure out how to do it.” “There are a lot of things that, when you hear the idea, sound horrible. But if they can do it, I don’t think anything is off limits, that’s what I say, if there are enough talents to know how to get past it.”

last weekend, SNL Its latest episode aired with a reduced crew and no live audience due to the height of the variable omicron in New York City.

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