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Season 28 debuted on October 5, 2002 with host Matt Damon. The season premiere would also be the first episode for two long-time cast members, Fred Armisen and Will Forte, who were relied on to provide stability in the cast following the departure of Will Ferrell. Dan Aykroyd made his long-anticipated first hosting appearance for the season finale with musical guest, Beyoncé Knowles. Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan had their departures announced on air and featured player, Dean Edwards was not retained for the following season.

The opening montage is changed, with the repertory players having their names on screen, while the featured players don’t have their names on screen.

This is the last season with the set were the on-air sign flashing above the audience appeared in every episode, and the door that says 25 on it.

This is Tracy Morgan's last season as a cast member.


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Repertory[]

Portal 28 - Rachel Dratch.jpg  Portal 28 - Jimmy Fallon.jpg  Portal 28 - Tina Fey.jpg 

Portal 28 - Darrell Hammond.jpg  Portal 28 - Chris Kattan.jpg  Portal 28 - Tracy Morgan.jpg 

Portal 28 - Chris Parnell.jpg  Portal 28 - Amy Poehler.jpg  Portal 28 - Maya Rudolph.jpg 

Portal 28 - Horatio Sanz.jpg 

Featured[]

Portal 28 - Fred Armisen.jpg  Portal 28 - Dean Edwards.jpg  Portal 28 - Will Forte.jpg 

Portal 28 - Seth Meyers.jpg  Portal 28 - Jeff Richards.jpg 

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Preceded by:
Season 27
Season 28
(2002— 2003)
Followed by:
Season 29
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