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Lorne Michaels mulling departure from ‘Saturday Night Live’

“Saturday Night Live” co-creator Lorne Michaels said he’s considering departing the long-running sketch comedy series in 2024, CBS News reported

During an appearance on “CBS Mornings,” Michaels told host Gayle King that he might leave the show in 2024 after the 50th anniversary season, which begins in 2024. 

“You know, I think I’m committed to doing this show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years,” Michaels told King. 

“I’d like to see that through, and I have a feeling that’d be a really good time to leave. But … I won’t want the show ever to be bad. I care too deeply about it. It’s been my life’s work. So I’m going to do everything I can to see it carry on,” Michaels concluded.

When King asked if there will there be an “SNL” without him, Michaels, the executive producer of the program, said yes.

“I have a sense of where we’re headed with that, you know,” he replied.

But when he was pressed about who would take over for him, he refused to say.

“I’m not going to go on about it. It’s three years away,” Michaels said. 

This isn’t the first time Michaels, who has been the executive producer of “SNL” since 1975, has hinted at retirement. 

In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Michaels told host Willie Geist that his initial plan is to be there for the 50th anniversary, saying he deserves “to wander off.”

“SNL” filmed its latest episode without an audience and limited cast and crew members over the weekend due to the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant.

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