David Spade Comments on SNL’s Cast Exodus: ‘It’s a Hard Place to Be’

The season finale of Saturday Night Live was the final episode for several cast members, as the episode saw the exits of Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney. For the fans who’ve been watching the sketch comedy series for the past decade, this will make watching the next season feel very different.

McKinnon and Bryant had become fan favorites after both joined the series in 2012. Mooney has been around for almost just as long, officially coming into the cast in 2013. Meanwhile, Davidson had also established himself as a mainstay after an 8-year run, joining the series in 2014 when he was just 20 years old.

But seeing so many of the show’s stars exit at once isn’t exactly a surprise for former cast member David Spade. Speaking with TMZ, Spade was asked about the exodus. He remembers how much of a “beating” it was to work on the series and guesses that people must be leaving because they can’t take it any longer. Spade is just surprised that those cast members lasted for as long as they did, as he could only make it six years.


“I think people leave because it’s such a f**king beating. You know, it’s tough on the brains, and it’s tough on the body, and it’s just a hard place to be. The ones that go 8, 9, 10 years, I can’t even believe it.”

When asked if Davidson would go down as one of the all-time greats on SNL, Spade admitted that he can’t really say as he hasn’t watched enough of the show in recent years.

“I don’t think I’ve seen enough of any of the new cast. I would have to really review the tapes. I’ll get back to you, because I sort of don’t see it as much. Everyone has their era.”

Michael Che Is Expected to Stay After Flirting With Leaving


Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che has also teased that he might be leaving. He recently explained that it’s a decision he considers every year, casting some doubt on if he’d be coming back for the next season as well.

“My head has been at leaving for the past five seasons,” Che told the New York Times. “I do think that I’ve been here longer than I’ll be here. This show is built for younger voices and, at some point, there’ll be something more exciting to watch at the halfway mark of the show than me and dumb Jost.”

However, Che has since stated he will most likely stick around on SNL, at least for this next season.

“I think I’m staying,” Che recently explained, per Deadline. “I never know, it’s hard, once the season’s over it’s best to not to make decisions like towards the end of the year because all you want to do is get out of there, you’ve had your fill, but August or September is usually a different story. I don’t have any plans to leave just yet.”