Chris Redd is out on “Saturday Night Live,” NBC announced Monday, bringing the late cast count from May to eight ahead of the season 48 premiere in October.
Redd, whose sketch comedy included impersonations of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and actor Will Smith, called his five-season stint an “experience of a lifetime.”
“Five years ago, I moved to 30 Rock knowing it was an amazing opportunity for growth,” he said in a statement reported by The New York Times. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire ‘SNL’ organization.”
Producer Lorne Michaels recently said that season 48 will be a “transition year”—and that’s an understatement. Cast members Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Eddie Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari all exited before the raid.