Kenan Thompson admitted Saturday Night Live had a rough season

The SNL veteran had some harsh words for season 49.
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Kenan Thompson has seen every kind of Saturday Night Live season. He's the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history, surpassing previous veteran Tim Meadows, so he knows what goes into making a memorable sketch and what goes into making, well, a bad one.

This is what made Thompson's comments on the season 49 finale so surprising. He's become something of the cast father, doling out safer material than his younger and oftentimes edgier counterparts. That being said, he voiced what a lot of fans felt during the musical number that opened up the Jake Gyllenhaal episode.

Kenan Thompson acknowledged SNL's critical woes

Gyllenhaal sang a parody version of the Boyz II Men classic "End of the Road" during his monologue, and Kenan Thompson joined him onstage to do the spoken word section. Instead of keeping the OG Boyz II Men lyrics, however, he decided to tweak them to reflect SNL's tepid critical reputation in the last year.

"Girl, we did a lot of sketches this year, And most of them were fine (wink)
It's one of the top 48 seasons / Season 49 "

Ouch. Not a ringing endorsement for a season that dished out some truly awful episodes (the Dua Lipa one was universally panned), and ones that underperformed given the pedigree of their host (the Maya Rudolph episode comes to mind).

Thompson is only signed for one more season

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Larry Mullen Jr., Bono, and The Edge of musical guest U2; Host Saoirse Ronan; Adam Clayton of musical guest U2; and Kenan Thompson during a promo in 30 Rockefeller Plaza -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC) /

Thompson recently appeared on the NPR show Fresh Air to discuss his career on SNL, and it was during this interview that he admitted he was unsure as to how much longer he will be on the sketch show. "Like, I wish I knew, you know? Like, I know I'm supposed to be there through the 50th, but that's all I know as far as what they want from me kind of thing," the comedian noted.

He admitted that he'd be happy to stick around for longer, but is also considering a world in which he can spend more time with his family. "Yeah, I mean, I could see myself, like, hanging it up. It's been a long run," he added. "You know what I mean? But at the same time, I could also see myself being the guy that never left kind of thing."

Regardless of whether season 50 proves to be Kenan Thompson's last, we certainly hope its an improvement over season 49. It sounds like he does, too.

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