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Season 40, billed as Saturday Night Live 40, began in the fall of 2014 and ended in the spring of 2015. It marked a major change in style, with new show logos being rolled out.

It also marked the beginning of SNL Vintage, the airing of one-hour edits of old episodes at 10 PM.

Season 40 is the first season in over thirty years to not include longtime announcer Don Pardo; Pardo died on August 18, 2014 during the off-season. Former cast member Darrell Hammond returned to SNL as the show's new announcer. The premiere included an interstitial photograph of Pardo – SNL's announcer since it premiered in 1975 (with the exception of season 7 and episode 14 of season 21 – where Hammond took his place).

A fortieth anniversary special aired on February 15, 2015.

Cast changes[]

Cast member Nasim Pedrad did not return; Pedrad was on board former SNL writer John Mulaney's sitcom Mulaney, which Fox had picked up for the 2014-15 season.[1] Mulaney was originally pitched to NBC for the 2013-14 season, but NBC declined it; Pedrad had stated her intent to leave SNL at that time if the series were picked up.

John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, all new hires for the previous season, were fired in July 2014.[2][3] Mike O'Brien, a writer promoted to featured player for season 39, was moved back to the writers' room.

Previous Weekend Update anchor Cecily Strong was dropped from her post prior to the start of the season; former writer Michael Che was added to the cast and the Update desk as a co-anchor. Strong remained in the cast. Also added to the cast was new featured player Pete Davidson. Davidson is the first SNL cast member to have been born in the 1990s. After she making appearances on Weekend Update and in several sketches, Leslie Jones, a writer who had auditioned to join the cast at Christmas break in the previous season, was promoted to the cast for the October 25, 2014 episode as a feature player.

Beck Bennett, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney and Sasheer Zamata were still featured players until the next following season.

Writing credits[]

During the credits after written by, writing supervised by is now in credit, just like it was for the first 38 seasons. Dennis McNicholas fills in for Alex Baze. After co producers, Mary Ellen Matthews’ credit scrolls up. Darrell Hammond’s credit scrolls up after scenic shop.

Writing supervised by now had three people. Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider and Kent Sublette. Those people are writing supervised by for this and next season.



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Date Host Musical Guest(s)
767 September 27, 2014 Chris Pratt Ariana Grande
768 October 4, 2014 Sarah Silverman Maroon 5
769 October 11, 2014 Bill Hader Hozier
770 October 25, 2014 Jim Carrey Iggy Azalea
771 November 1, 2014 Chris Rock Prince
772 November 15, 2014 Woody Harrelson Kendrick Lamar
773 November 22, 2014 Cameron Diaz Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
774 December 6, 2014 James Franco Nicki Minaj
775 December 13, 2014 Martin Freeman Charli XCX
776 December 20, 2014 Amy Adams One Direction
777 January 17, 2015 Kevin Hart Sia
778 January 24, 2015
Blake Shelton
779 January 31, 2015 J.K. Simmons D'Angelo
February 15, 2015: Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
780 February 28, 2015 Dakota Johnson Alabama Shakes
781 March 7, 2015 Chris Hemsworth Zac Brown Band
782 March 28, 2015 Dwayne Johnson George Ezra
783 April 4, 2015 Michael Keaton Carly Rae Jepsen
784 April 11, 2015 Taraji P. Henson Mumford & Sons
785 May 2, 2015 Scarlett Johansson Wiz Khalifa
786 May 9, 2015 Reese Witherspoon Florence and the Machine
787 May 16, 2015 Louis C.K. Rihanna



Preceded by:
Season 39
Season 40
(2014— 2015)
Followed by:
Season 41