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Kenan Thompson Reportedly Plans 'Saturday Night Live' Departure At End Of Season


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It seems Kenan Thompson is getting tired of working on a Saturday night. The comedic actor is reportedly planning on leaving 'Saturday Night Live' at the end of the upcoming season, after being part of the comedy sketch show for over a decade.

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Thompson is reportedly planning to leave at the end of this season's 'SNL'

TMZ first reported the news, and noted that the 36 year-old actor initially wanted to make his 'SNL' departure at the end of last season, but decided to stay on after producer Lorne Michaels requested him to.

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New SNL Cast Member Sasheer Zamata Given Warm Celebrity Welcome


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Sasheer Zamata will become the first black female to be added to the cast of Saturday Night Live since Maya Rudolph left five year ago when she makes her debut on the 18th January. Sasheer, a 27 year-old comedian, singer and actress, was selected by Lorne Michaels and the SNL team after a lengthy nationwide auditions process.

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Kenan Thompson Was Often Drafted In In Drag To Play Black Women.

The popular Saturday night sketch show drew criticism for its lack of a black female cast member and for drafting in Kenan Thompson in drag every time they needed to represent a black woman. However, the show's startling lack of black female talent reached breaking point when Kenan Thompson announced that he'd refuse to play any more women in drag.

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'Saturday Night Live' Makes China Debut, Despite Censorship Triggers


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Saturday Night Live has been made available to Chinese viewers since a video streaming website, Sohu Video, began to exclusively show the popular US comedy sketch show. Ten episodes of the show's current 39th season have been made available through the site, which is a unit of the Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com Inc.

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The Wit & Wisdom Of Jimmy Fallon Will Be Shared With A Chinese Audience.

Soon more episodes of the weekend show will be uploaded the Monday after being aired in the United States although will not have subtitles at first. A version with Chinese subtitles and explanations of the cultural references made during the show will be made available the following Saturday, according to the AP.

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The Saturday Night Live Promos With Jimmy Fallon Are Here! Time To Be Excited


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Are you counting down the days until Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake host/guest on Saturday Night Live? Of course you are. We all are. Only three days left. Despite Fallon being an SNL alumn himself, he wasn’t spared from having to brave the NY cold and record some promos for the Dec 21 event alongside Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon. And we’re glad for that, because, predictably, Fallon’s promos are pretty hilarious.

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Brace yourselves, the SNL show you didn't even know you needed is almost here.

And, uh, we hate to break it to you... but JT won’t be there, because of a cancelled flight. Nah, of course he’ll be there, but they did give us a start with that particular joke. Though Fallon and Thompson would be forgiven, since they were apparently forced to stand in the snow (or pigeon droppings, as Jimmy joked in true NY style) for hours to film those promos.

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SNL Holding Auditions To Recruit Its Very First Black Female Cast Member Since 2007


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After facing severe criticism for the lack of diversity earlier this season, Saturday Night Live is finally taking steps to hire an African American female cast member. The long-running sketch comedy held auditions on Monday night, during which seven or eight candidates performed. One or two comediennes will be hired and will join the cast for shows in January.

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Pharaoh (l) and Thompson (r) brought attention to the show's lack of diversity this year.

The woman or women will be the first black comedienne(s) on SNL since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007. As a few clever sketches from the Kerry Washington episode pointed out, SNL desperately needs the additions. The barrage of criticism was set off by the show's black cast members, who put the diversity issue at the forefront this year. Jay Pharaoh said that SNL needed to "follow up" on the promise to bring in a black woman and Kenan Thompson refused to do drag and perform any more parodies of black women.

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Last Night's SNL Featured The Neglected Characters - All Of Them, Played By Kerry Washington


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They had to do it. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for SNL to address the diversity issue than a guest appearance by Kerry Washington. SNL fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate (not to mention an exceptional actress) like Washington on board. They were not disappointed.

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Washington had to play both the First Lady, Oprah and a whole host of other celebrities.

So you know how people have been complaining that the lack of a black comedienne severely limits the cast’s topical sketches? The two main examples were Oprah and Michelle Obama – with noone to impersonate them, SNL has missed some golden opportunities over the past six years (the last time Michelle Obama was featured in a skit, she was played by Maya Rudolph in 2007). Not last night though, because Washington was on a mission to perform all the sketches! All the sketches that SNL hasn’t done due to casting limitations. The writers didn’t waste any time and the Scandal actress came out as the first lady at the very beginning of the episode causing President Obama (Jay Pharoah) to remark, "I feel like it's been years since I've seen you!" See what they did there?

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Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig


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Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.

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Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.

To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.

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Following Accusations Of Lacking Diversity, SNL Books Kerry Washington To Host


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“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is about to reach another milestone in her career, as she has been drafted to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. Washington will take over the sketch comedy show on November 2, Deadline reports. Her appearance comes at a turbulent time for SNL, as the show has once again come under fire for failing to represent any kind of ethnic diversity. There is some truth to this, considering that Washington’s temporary addition to the cast rounds out the number of non-white people onstage to a meager total of four and out of them, Washington will be the only black female.

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Washington's booking brings a little diversity to the SNL stage.

The show came under some fire online recently, when cast-member Kenan Thompson got dragged back into the diversity controversy during a TV Guide interview. When he had to answer the question of why, for the sixth consecutive season, SNL had failed to hire a single black comedienne Thompson came out with a rather foot-in-mouth answer.

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Tina Fey Suffers 'Another Nip Slip' In SNL Promo Clip


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Tina Fey has let it all hang out again! This time though, she did it on purpose, as the award-winning comic writer mocked her apparent 'nip slip' at the at the Emmys last weekend (22 Sept.) during a promo clip for her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live. Fey is returning to the show where she made her name to host the first episode of the 39th season of the variety program when it returns this Saturday, 28 September.

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Fey and her troublesome dress at the 65th Emmy Awards

Standing alongside curent SNL mainstay Kenan Thompson, the two were whipping up anticipation for the new season of the show when at the end of the promo Kenan promised "There will be no more wardrobe malfunctions like at the Emmys," before turning to Fey and adding, "Unless you want to do one?"

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Seth Meyers Marries Alexi Ashe In Martha's Vineyard Labor Day Wedding


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Seth Meyers and his long term girlfriend Alexi Ashe have finally tied the knot in a star-packed wedding on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Seth & Alexi Married On Martha's Vineyard.

Celebrities loaded off the ferry as A-lister like Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon and Kenan Thompson flooded on to the island to help SNL star Seth and Alexi celebrate their marriage and give Vineyardites a thrill as some of television's biggest stars rocked up in their gladrags.

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Seth Meyers Weds Long-Time Partner Alexi Ashe


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Seth Meyers has married his long-term girlfriend, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in an intimate ceremony this weekend. The couple exchanged vows in front of a select number of family and friends at the small venue in Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Congratulations to the both of them!

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Seth & Alexi exchanged vows on Sunday, 1 September

The Saturday Night Live writer and oft-star Meyers proposed to his girlfriend a little over a month ago and with seemingly no time to spare the two married promptly in a secret ceremony that was littered with famous faces. US Weekly were the first to report the celebrity wedding, noting that the couple held a rehearsal dinner outside at the Beetlebung Farm House the night before the big day.

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Did Samuel L Jackson Drop F-Bomb On Saturday Night Live? (Video)


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Well, the answer is yes and no, really. Django Unchained star Samuel L Jackson appeared on the comedy show this past weekend to promote Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, but things nearly went oh so wrong.

Pretending to be annoyed at being interrupted during the mock talk show 'What's Up With That?', Jackson half uttered an F-bomb, before stopping himself. Playing the host of the game, comedian Kenan Thompson looked startled, cracked a smile and said, "C'mon, Sam. That costs money!" to the delight of the live studio audience. Moments after the show had aired, Jackson attempted to explain himself on Twitter "I only said FUH," he insisted, before tweeting a photograph of himself looking mortified. Cursing on the comedy show is a rarity, with Jenny Slate being the last cast member to swear nearly four years ago. On that occasion she accidentally said f*cking instead of freaking. Hopefully Sam won't be repeating the stunt when he appears on the Today Show on Monday (December 17, 2012). Now that would be embarrassing. 

His new movie Django Unchained hits theaters in the U.S. this weekend, and still boasts a perfect 100% score on review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Kenan Thompson - Kenan Thompson ( Saturday Night Live) New York City , USA - at the UJA-Federation of New York's Broadcast, Cable & Video Award Celebration at The Edison Ballroom Thursday 14th April 2011

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Kenan Thompson - Dan Schnider( Nickelodian Creater of I-Carly Victoious, Dreake & Josh and other hits) & Honaree Cyma Zarghami ( President of Nickelodeon/MTV NetworkKids&Family Group) & Kenan Thompson ( Saturday Night Live) New York City , USA - at the UJA-Federation of New York's Broadcast, Cable & Video Award Celebration at The Edison Ballroom Thursday 14th April 2011

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