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Kate McKinnon will leave Saturday Night Live after the 2020-2021 season.

Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon announced on October 29th that she would be leaving the show after the 2020-2021 season. Her announcement came just a day after she hosted SNL for the first time, which made her only the second woman to ever host in their own right. She also played Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in a debate sketch with host Alec Baldwin, who played Donald Trump. The decision was not an easy one for Kate to make, but she says it was one that she and her family had discussed for a while.

Why is Kate leaving SNL?

While Kate’s statement doesn’t give any specific reason as to why she’s leaving Saturday Night Live, it does say that her departure is something that has been on her mind for a while. Many fans are speculating about why this might be, but there are some pretty good guesses out there. One of these is the recent controversy surrounding NBC’s decision to cut some of Melissa McCarthy’s most iconic characters from this year’s reboot of Gilmore Girls. It seems that fans aren’t ready to let go of those characters yet and neither is Melissa McCarthy herself, who spoke out against NBC’s decision.