Saturday Night Live returns with their 47th season on October 2, 2021 and Beck Bennett will not be among the cast.
Bennett took to Instagram on September 27 to announce his departure from the show after 8 years of being a regular. His post said "Love you, SNL, Gonna miss you so much, Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that completely changed my life, I had so much fun."
He first joined the show in 2013 for SNL’s 39th season as a featured player and was promoted to a regular in 2015. Bennett has been known for his many impersonations such as Mike Pence, Tom Brady, Bill Clinton, Simon Cowell, Bruce Springsteen, Ted Cruz, and many more.
Regular cast members, such as Pete Davidson, Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong, are returning. Chloe Finman, who joined the cast in 2019, and Bowen Yang, who joined the show as a writer in 2018 and joined the cast in 2019, are being promoted to being regulars, per the AP.
Sarah Sherman, Aristotle Athari, and James Austin Johnson will be joining the show as featured players. The cast for the 47th season will feature 16 cast members and five featured players.
The lineups for the show in October have been announced: on October 2, Owen Wilson will be the host and Kacey Musgraves is the musical guest. On October 9, Kim Kardashian West will be the host and Halsey will be the musical guest. On October 16, Rami Malek will be the host and Young Thug will be the musical guest. On October 23, Jason Sudeikis will be the host and Brandi Carlile will be the musical guest.