Chris Redd leaves SNL
Chris Redd announced his departure Saturday Night Live after five seasons in the cast, Variety reports. “To be part of SNL was the experience of a lifetime. Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing it was an incredible opportunity for growth,” Redd said in a statement. “Now with friends that have become family and memories that I will cherish forever, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire ‘SNL’ organization. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank you enough.”
Redd’s departure follows those of fellow cast members Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Aristotle Athari. During his time on the show, Redd participated in numerous rap-themed musical sketches. Some of his impressions included President Barack Obama (aka Bruce Springsteen‘s good friend), New York Mayor Eric Adams, Kanye West (trying to avoid any The Kardashians TV time), Lil Wayne (playing The price is right), Soulja Boy (discussing the government shutdown) and Smokey Robinson (trying to pronounce Hanukkah correctly). It won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song with Chance the Rapper, “Come Back Barack”.