Kate McKinnon explains why she left ‘SNL’ after a decade: ‘My body was tired’


Kate McKinnon broke her silence on leaving “Saturday Night Live”, attributing her departure from the long-running NBC sitcom to the fatigue of her body.

“I thought about it for a very long time, and it was very difficult,” McKinnon said on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” (via Entertainment Weekly). “All I wanted to do my whole life was ‘Saturday Night Live.’ So, I did it, I loved it, I had the best decade, and then I was like, ‘My body was tired, and I felt like it was time.'”

When asked if she’ll catch up and watch new episodes of Saturday Night Live this fall, McKinnon replied, “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know I can watch the show yet because it’s so emo because I miss everyone so much. It’s also emo,” she said. . So, I guess I’ll pick up ‘The Bachelorette’ and watch it.”

McKinnon joined SNL in 2012 and became one of the show’s highlights for a decade. She won two Emmys for supporting the actress in a comedy series thanks to her work on “SNL,” and is in competition for third place this year.

McKinnon left SNL after the 2021-2022 season Along with other mainstays Pete Davidson, Eddie Bryant and Kyle Mooney. Bryant also joined the show with McKinnon in 2012 and previously spoke to Variety about her decision to leave.

“If it weren’t for Covid, I might have left a few years ago,” Bryant said. “But it was a big change. When Covid hit, it was so annoying that we were all like, ‘I’m definitely going back next year.’ Then I had to shoot ‘Shrill’ halfway through last season, so I missed a lot. And then it was like ‘Okay, now I have to go back.’ I kept trying to find one last normal year. This wasn’t the normal year I’d hoped for, but it was closer to that. It was like, ‘Okay, it’s really time now.’ “And I felt that the number 10 was a beautiful and solid round number.”

“Saturday Night Live” will be back in the fall.

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