Kate McKinnon Reveals Why She Left ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Ten Years

Kate McKinnon finally revealed why she quit “Saturday Night Live” after 10 memorable years on the hit sketch show.

“I thought about it for a long time, and it was very, very difficult,” McKinnon told Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa on Thursday’s episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan.

“All I ever wanted to do in my entire life was be at Saturday Night Live. So I did, I loved it, I had the best decade, and then I was like, my body was tired and I felt like it was time.

The Emmy Award-winning actress retired from the show earlier this year.

And when asked if she’ll be watching the show’s upcoming season, McKinnon admitted she may not be tuning in.

“I don’t know what I will do. I don’t know if I can still watch the show because it’s too emo because I miss everyone so much,” she told Seacrest and Ripa.

‘It’s my family. It’s too emo. So I guess I’ll just take ‘The Bachelorette’ and watch it,” she joked.

After joining “SNL” in 2012, McKinnon held the record as the longest-running female cast member in the show’s history.

McKinnon and Senator Elizabeth Warren on "Saturday Night Live" in 2020.
McKinnon and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on “Saturday Night Live” in 2020.
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She has made every sketch imaginable, but her most notable was her parody of former US First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

McKinnon garnered an impressive nine Emmy nominations during her stint on the show, with her most recent nomination for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at this year’s Emmys taking place in September.

McKinnon as the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on "Saturday Night Live" in 2018.
McKinnon as the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on “Saturday Night Live” in 2018.
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Her departure comes after fellow cast member Pete Davidson retired from the sketch show in May of this year.

The stand-up comedian first joined the show in 2014 at age 20 as one of the youngest cast members to ever be a part of the long-running series.

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