Two years after her Saturday Night Live debut, Megan Thee Stallion will take on a dual role as presenter and musical guest when she returns to Studio 8H in October.
On Tuesday, SNL announced that the “Her” rapper will be among the musicians lined up for her final season, which begins Oct. 1. The season 48 premiere will be hosted by Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller. with Kendrick Lamar returning as a musical guest. The following week, actor Brendan Gleeson will take the reins while Willow will perform.
Megan Thee Stallion won’t take the SNL stage until October 15th. The last time the rapper was a musical guest on “SNL” in October 2020, she made a statement calling attention to the Breonna Taylor verdict and the injustice towards black women.
During her performance of Savage, Megan said, “We have to protect our black women and love our black women because at the end of the day we need our black women.
“We have to protect our black men and stand up for our black men because at the end of the day we’re tired of seeing our black men’s hashtags,” she said.
The announcement of the hosts and musical guests comes just hours after The Times confirmed Chris Redd has left Saturday Night Live.
Redd, whose impressions repertoire has included Kanye West and New York Mayor Eric Adams, joins Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Aristotle Athari and Alex Moffat on the list of cast members not returning will be for the 48th season of the late night sketch show.
Redd called his five years on the NBC series “the experience of a lifetime.”
“I joined 30 Rock five years ago knowing it was an amazing opportunity for growth. Now, with friends that have become family and memories that I will forever cherish, I am grateful for that Christie D’Zurilla, Alexandra Del Rosario Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization,” he continued in the statement. “From the bottom of my heart I can’t thank you all enough.”
Redd and Saturday Night Live officials did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment Tuesday.
McKinnon, Davidson, Bryant and Mooney announced their intentions back in May, right around the time the show’s season 47 finale aired. The others quit earlier this month.
Redd’s career has been hot lately, with an upcoming HBO comedy special “Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?” – filmed in St. Louis last month. He is also slated to star in the feature film Cyber Monday, which is currently in development at Universal.
Redd starred in the first season of the Peacock sitcom Bust Down, which premiered in March.
“It’s a black show, but it’s a black show that doesn’t try to remind you all to be black,” Redd said recently of the series, which centers on casino workers in Gary, Indiana, who appear on Real bad ideas come try to solve problems (The fate of the show’s second season is yet to be determined; co-star and creator Jak Knight died in July.)
He has also appeared on “Kenan,” the NBC series starring longtime “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson.
Sonaiya Kelley, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-20/chris-redd-leaving-snl-saturday-night-live Megan Thee Stallion to serve as ‘SNL’ host and musical guest