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Kenan Thompson leaving 'Saturday Night Live'? Not so fast...

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Though TMZ is reporting that Kenan Thompson is leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of this season, an SNL spokesperson tells EW that the report is “inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

Thompson joined the show back in 2003, making him the most veteran member of the current cast, and the longest-tenured African-American cast member in the history of the show. According to TMZ, Thompson is in talks for a new show and has plans to move to Los Angeles once the SNL season is over. Thompson started performing sketch comedy on television long before his time on SNL, having appeared on Nickelodeon’s All That in the 1990s. On SNL, he is known for his various impressions, including Charles Barkley and Al Sharpton, and characters like DeAndre Cole of “What Up With That” and Jean K. Jean. When EW asked Thompson about his plans to leave the show back in 2013, he said, “I’m never leaving.”