Saturday Night Live (season 45)
|Saturday Night Live (season 45)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||September 28, 2019 –|
Prior to the beginning of the season, Leslie Jones, who joined the cast one month into season 40, left after having been with the show for almost five full seasons. Three new featured players were announced on September 12, 2019: SNL staff writer Bowen Yang (who had appeared as Kim Jong-Un in a season 44 episode hosted by Sandra Oh), Chloe Fineman of The Groundlings, and stand-up comedian Shane Gillis. Yang is the first fully East Asian-American cast member in the show's history.
The choice of Gillis as a cast member generated backlash after podcast clips of him making racist remarks were reposted, including referring to presidential candidate Andrew Yang using a racial slur. Gillis has also made derogatory remarks about Muslims, women, and the LGBTQ community on his online show Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast. Gillis was let go from the cast only four days after the announcement of his hiring, prior to the airing of the first episode.
Pete Davidson took a leave of absence at the beginning of the season, missing the first two episodes before returning for the third, due to filming commitments of The Suicide Squad. He was still credited for those missed episodes.
bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor
During the credits of the premiere episode, it was revealed the show added Dan Bulla, Dan Licata, and Jasmine Pierce as new writers. Michael Che, Colin Jost, and Kent Sublette remain as head writers.
|Host||Musical guest||Original air date||Ratings/|
|872||1||Woody Harrelson||Billie Eilish||September 28, 2019||4.1/10|
|873||2||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Taylor Swift||October 5, 2019||4.0/11|
|874||3||David Harbour||Camila Cabello||October 12, 2019||3.8/11|
|875||4||Chance the Rapper||Chance the Rapper||October 26, 2019||TBD|
|876||5||Kristen Stewart||TBA||November 2, 2019||TBD|
|TBA||TBA||Eddie Murphy||TBA||December 21, 2019||TBD|
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