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Season 26 of Saturday Night Live began on October 7, 2000 and ended on May 19, 2001.

The New York footage is changed to a widescreen version. The cast is in film feed throughout the season.

Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri and Colin Quinn had left the show. It was the first season for Tina Fey, who was already serving as head writer, and the only season for Jerry Minor. It was Molly Shannon’s final season as a cast member. Her final episode is on February 17, 2001. Leaving mid-season, she surpassed Victoria Jackson as the show's longest-serving female cast member and (Amy Poehler would surpass Shannon's record seven years later). Chris Parnell was also fired after the end of the season, but would be rehired partway through the next season.

With Colin Quinn's anchor seat on "Weekend Update" empty, executive producer Lorne Michaels decided to go back to the format used in the 1970s with two anchors. Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey were picked to anchor the segment together.

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Molly Shannon: Final February 17

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Preceded by:
Season 25
Season 26
(2000— 2001)
Followed by:
Season 27
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