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Things We Saw Today: Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt Depart Saturday Night Live

 

Beck Bennett as Vin Diesel welcoming us back to the movies on SNL.

In an interesting twist, only Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt are departing from Saturday Night Live for the next season, with the rest of the main cast staying on. If you’d asked me after the last season finale, I would have assumed Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kenan Thompson were all leaving because of the cold open, so it is a bit of a shock that Beck Bennett is the one going while those four are staying. But it’s going to be nice to have at least one more season with them.

According to Variety, Bennett’s departure ushers in promotions to the regular cast for Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, while adding three new featured performers: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.

“Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that completely changed my life,” Bennett posted on his Instagram. “I had so much fun.”

 

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We will miss Beck Bennett, but I’m very excited to see both Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis take on the show in October!

(image: NBC)

Here are some other things we saw out there today:

  • Gabby Petito’s death is attracting incels, “men’s rights” groups, and culture war trolls. (via The Daily Beast)
  • We have a new poster for Star Wars: Terrifying Tales! (via ComicBook.com)
  • Lizzo took the time to educate her audience about the racist history of Central Park. (via Buzzfeed)

Anything we missed, Mary Suevians? Let us know what you saw in the comments below!

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