Chris Redd reveals he’s leaving Saturday Night Live after five seasons

Chris Redd reveals he’s leaving Saturday Night Live after five seasons… becoming the EIGHTH cast member to leave this year

With just under two weeks before the Season 48 premiere, another Saturday Night Live cast member has left, Chris Redd.

The 37-year-old comedian joined the cast as a featured player for Season 43 in 2017, and was promoted to repertory player in Season 45 in 2019.

Now Redd’s departure makes him the eighth cast member to leave between the end of Season 47 in May and Season 48, debuting October 1.

Left: With just under two weeks before the Season 48 premiere, another Saturday Night Live cast member has left, Chris Redd

Left: With just under two weeks before the Season 48 premiere, another Saturday Night Live cast member has left, Chris Redd

Departure: Now Redd's departure makes him the eighth cast member to leave between the end of Season 47 in May and Season 48, debuting October 1

Departure: Now Redd’s departure makes him the eighth cast member to leave between the end of Season 47 in May and Season 48, debuting October 1

Four cast members – Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney –  left the show directly after last season.

Three others – Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor and featured player Aristotle Athari – also left the show in early September, with senior producer Lindsay Shookus, who had been with SNL since 2000, also leaving the show in late August.

‘Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

Experience: 'Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

Experience: ‘Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter 

‘Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,’ he added.

‘Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization,’ he said. 

‘From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough,’ Redd concluded.

Growth: 'Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,' he added

Growth: ‘Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,’ he added

Redd started his comedy career in Chicago, studying at the famous Second City comedy group and served as a member of its touring company.

He guest-starred in a number of TV shows such as Chicago P.D., Empire, Swiping and Lonely and Horny while making his feature film debut as rapper Hunter the Hungry in the 2016 comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

He joined SNL in 2017 with Heidi Gardner and Luke Null, and he made an impact in the first few months.

Comedy career: Redd started his comedy career in Chicago, studying at the famous Second City comedy group and served as a member of its touring company

Comedy career: Redd started his comedy career in Chicago, studying at the famous Second City comedy group and served as a member of its touring company

Redd and co-writers Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen, and composer Eli Brueggemann wrote the song Come Back Barack, which aired on a November 2017 episode hosted by Chance, the Rapper.

That song won Redd his first Emmy Award, winning for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song.

He has performed impressions of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Kanye West, Sterling K. Brown and Mayor Eric Adams during his five-season stint. 

Emmy: That song won Redd his first Emmy Award, winning for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song

Emmy: That song won Redd his first Emmy Award, winning for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song

Impressions: He has performed impressions of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Kanye West, Sterling K. Brown and Mayor Eric Adams during his five-season stint

Impressions: He has performed impressions of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Kanye West, Sterling K. Brown and Mayor Eric Adams during his five-season stint

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