Colin Jost Might Be Leaving “Saturday Night Live”

February 20, 2020 / Posted by:

Colin Jost, one of the hosts, along with Michael Che, of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, is thinking about leaving the show after the 2020 election. Because honestly, being Scarlett Johansson’s date to awards shows is a full-time job. There’s word that Megyn Kelly wants to make a TV COMEBACK, so maybe she should kiss and make up with NBC and take Colin’s spot since what comes out of her mouth is 100% laughable.

Variety reports that ScarJo’s future third husband has written a memoir called A Very Punchable Face (NO COMMENT). In it, he talks about leaving SNL after 15 years of being a writer and member of the cast. Yes, he’s been with SNL for 15 years. With a baby face like that, they must have hired him as soon as he started to talk.

Here’s what the cover of his upcoming book looks like:

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Hi everyone. I spent the last three years writing a book and it’s coming out April 14. It’s called “A Very Punchable Face” based on the fact that several of my close friends have told me, “You have a very punchable face.” I’m really excited about the book and I hope you’ll read it. I promise it’s a quick read and largely non-inspiring. Just stories from my life and from SNL that I thought were funny or uniquely disturbing. And I get physically injured or maimed in many of the chapters which I’ve discovered is how people most want to see me. There’s a link in my bio if you’d like to pre-order the book. It’s the perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, weddings, divorces, first communions, and hostage situations gone awry.

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Variety also tells us:

Jost says he is “preparing mentally” to leave the program sometime in the near future, suggesting he would like to continue co-anchoring “Weekend Update” with Michael Che at least through the 2020 election. Jost cites a desire to try his hand at developing bigger, broader ideas, compared with the sketches on the show that sometimes result from 24 hours of feverish idea-hatching.

Variety adds that when longtime cast members leave the show, it can fuck shit up a bit:

Some cast changes can affect the program; the departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg in 2012, followed by that of Jason Sudeikis several months later, deprived “SNL” of some popular faces while the show was in the midst of building up new cast members.

And because of that, it’s caused executive producer Lorne Michaels to tremble with fear that losing such popular cast members will force him out of a job or cause him to retire, so he finds a way to keep them while they do other work. For instance:

Aidy Bryant has gained notice for her role in the Hulu series “Shrill.” Kate McKinnon, whose last contract was due to lapse last year, opted to stay with “SNL” this season, even as she won a starring role in a Hulu series about disgraced Theranos chief Elizabeth Holmes. Kenan Thompson, who has been with “SNL” since 2003, is a producer on the Nickelodeon show “All That,” and has been involved with a recent sitcom effort.

NBC refused to comment on this story.

If he does leave and they can’t land Megyn Kelly, they can fill the Weekend Update anchor spot with Pete Davidson, because we don’t see enough of him already. It is yet to be determined if this is a promise or a threat from Colin. Time will tell and maybe by then, he’ll age it up a little in the baby face.


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