It looks like the legendary sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL“) may be done for season 48. NBC has officially pulled the latest episode, hosted by former cast member Pete Davidson, from airing. This would have been his first time back after Davidson ended his eight year run on “SNL” last season.
NBC is pulling this episode and others due to an ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Since the majority of the show’s writers (and cast) are WGA members, “SNL” will not return until they reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
With that being said, the show normally wraps up by the end of May. So there were only two or three more planned episodes anyway. The last WGA strike lasted for 100 days, back in 2007. This is why a lot of shows from that year were either abruptly canceled, or dramatically fell off in terms of quality. For now, NBC plans to air re-runs of “SNL” until further notice.
In commenting on the episode being cancelled, Davidson brought his trademark self-deprecating humor. “It sucks because it just feeds my weird story I have in my head, like, of course that would happen to me,” the comedian said on “The Tonight Show.”
If you’re in the mood for some pre-strike “SNL” almost every episode from its 48-season run can be found streaming on NBC’s Peacock. We’ll keep you posted on news about “SNL“’s return and the WGA strike as it develops.
Check out Davidson’s farewell speech below: