The complete Season 47 cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter, consists of repertory players Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Colin Jost, Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang, Melissa Villaseñor, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Michael Che, Chloe Fineman, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, and Chris Redd, with featured players Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson returning from the previous season. Three new featured players have been added to the cast: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.
The season premiere will be hosted by Owen Wilson, with musical guest Kacey Musgraves. Other upcoming hosts include Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek, and Jason Sudeikis. Upcoming musical guests include Halsey, Young Thug, and Brandi Carlile.
At this time of writing, Beck Bennett has not further elaborated on his reasons for leaving the show, but his Instagram post implies that there are no hard feelings.
For the first time this season, “Saturday Night Live” will air live coast-to-coast and will also stream live on Peacock, the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, according to The Futon Critic. Every previous season of “Saturday Night Live” is available to stream on Peacock.