Season 45
Premier: September 28, 2019
Last episode: May 9, 2020
Episodes: 18
Weekend Update anchor(s): Colin Jost
Michael Che
Previous Season 44
Next Season 46

The 45th season of Saturday Night Live began September 28, 2019.

The season began on a controversial note. Three new cast members were announced in mid-September: Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis, and Bowen Yang.[1] However, shortly after the announcement, comments by Gillis were unearthed that included racial and homophobic slurs. Amidst growing outrage and a flurry of articles and angry social media posts, NBC dropped Gillis from the upcoming cast. Gillis' tenure lasted a mere five days, breaking the record for the shortest tenure on SNL.

The season went on hiatus in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last produced episode aired on March 7; three weeks of planned episodes starting with March 28 were postponed. During the postponement, longtime music producer Hal Willner died of coronavirus.

The hiatus ended on April 11 as broadcasts resumed in a new format branded Saturday Night Live At Home. In keeping with government-mandated physical distancing and self-isolation guidelines in place for New York City, these episodes were not broadcast live but were instead compiled from segments recorded in the homes of the cast, hosts and musical guests using, in most cases, their own webcams. They were the first episodes produced in their entirety outside of a studio setting and without a live studio audience.



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Bennett-44  Bryant-44  Che-44 

Davidson-44  Day-44  Gardner-44 

Jost-44  Mckinnon-44  Moffat-44 

Mooney-44  Redd-44  Strong-44 

Thompson-44  Villasenor-44


Fineman-45  Nwodim-44  Yang-45 


Date Host(s) Musical Guest(s)
8721September 28, 2019Woody HarrelsonBillie Eilish
8732October 5, 2019Phoebe Waller-BridgeTaylor Swift
8743October 12, 2019David HarbourCamila Cabello
8754October 26, 2019Chance The Rapper
8765November 2, 2019Kristen StewartColdplay
8776November 16, 2019Harry Styles
8787November 23, 2019Will FerrellKing Princess
8798December 7, 2019Jennifer LopezDaBaby
8809December 14, 2019Scarlett JohanssonNiall Horan
88110December 21, 2019Eddie MurphyLizzo
88211January 25, 2020Adam DriverHalsey
88312February 1, 2020J. J. WattLuke Combs
88413February 8, 2020RuPaulJustin Bieber
88514February 29, 2020John MulaneyDavid Byrne
88615March 7, 2020Daniel CraigThe Weeknd
887†16April 11, 2020Tom HanksChris Martin
888†17April 25, 2020Brad PittMiley Cyrus
889†18May 9, 2020Kristen WiigBoyz II Men
† Indicates Saturday Night Live At Home episodes

At the beginning of March, it was announced that the next live show would be on March 28, hosted by John Krasinski with musical guest Dua Lipa. However, as fears about the Coronavirus Pandemic rose in the intervening weeks, it was announced on March 16th that the next three scheduled live episodes would be postponed.[2]

Notes Edit

  1. Shane Gillis was announced as a cast member, but was dropped before the season began

References Edit

Preceded by:
Season 44
Season 45
(2019 - 2020)
Followed by:
Season 46
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