Last month, there were rumors that “Saturday Night Live” standouts Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis might not be back for another season of the late-night staple. Wiig teased her possible exit in an interview with Alec Baldwin, while Samberg and Sudeikis have remained tight-lipped on their rumored departures.
On Wednesday, during a conference call about this weekend’s Eli Manning/ Rihanna episode , the show’s boss, Lorne Michaels, confirmed there would be some cast shakeups next season but didn’t specify how they would take shape.
“I’m not really certain myself,” he told reporters when asked whether there would be any exits. “I know there will be some, but it’s just sort of the nature of the way we work that no one kind of talks about it until the season’s done. Needless to say, I’d like everyone to stay. Did that avoid that question successfully?”
While he didn’t want to fully commit to commenting on the future of the three actors on “SNL,” he did share that fresh meat would be brought in to liven up the cast for next season. “Every summer, we go out and make the rounds of Chicago and L.A. and New York and various other places where people do this kind of work, and invariably that leads to somebody joining [the cast],” he teased. “The show has always been about bringing new people in.”
With the season nearing an end, fans might not have to wait much longer to find out who will stay and who will go. But before any announcements are made, it seems the show has plans for this season to wrap with a bang. Per the show’s Twitter page, Will Ferrell and Usher will be on hand for the May 11 episode and Mick “Moves Like” Jagger will pull double-duty on the May 19 season finale.
Who do you hope sticks around for another season? Let us know in the comments!