‘SNL’ Demand Will Take a Hit After Cast Exodus – But Here’s How It Can Bounce Back | Charts

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The NBC sketch show has lost eight popular players ahead of Season 48

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From left, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, and Kate McKinnon left "Saturday Night Live" ahead of Season 48. (NBC)

The new season of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is set to premiere this weekend. But a massive cast exodus has raised questions about how the show will cope with the loss of some of its most popular players.

Accepting the Emmy for Best Variety Sketch, Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of the show, thanked the cast for sticking it out the past two years during a pandemic that brought unique challenges for the show. However, eight cast members have announced their departure from the show since the 47th season concluded in May.   

Demand for the venerable sketch show has grown notably since its 42nd season spanning 2016-2017, according to Parrot