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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: The Groundlings alumn: Chloe Fineman, stand-up comedian Shane Gillis, and SNL staff writer Bowen Yang.[1] Yang is the first fully Asian-American cast member in the show's history. However, shortly after the announcement, comments by Gillis were unearthed that included anti-Asian racial slurs. Amidst growing outrage and a flurry of articles and angry social media posts, NBC dropped Gillis from the upcoming cast.

Leslie Jones did not return from the previous season, and Heidi Gardner and Chris Redd were both upgraded to repertory status this season while Ego Nwodim remained a featured player.

Cast member Pete Davidson took a leave of absence at the beginning of the season, missing the first two episodes before returning for the third, due to filming commitments of The Suicide Squad. He was still credited in the episodes, which he missed.

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.

Cast[]

Changes[]

Not Returning Promoted New[N 1]

Repertory[]

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Featured[]

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Episodes[]

Episode
Number
Season
Number
Date Hosts Musical Guests
872 1 September 28, 2019 Woody Harrelson Billie Eilish
873 2 October 5, 2019 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Taylor Swift
874 3 October 12, 2019 David Harbour Camila Cabello
875 4 October 26, 2019 Chance The Rapper
876 5 November 2, 2019 Kristen Stewart Coldplay
877 6 November 16, 2019 Harry Styles
878 7 November 23, 2019 Will Ferrell King Princess
879 8 December 7, 2019 Jennifer Lopez DaBaby
880 9 December 14, 2019 Scarlett Johansson Niall Horan
881 10 December 21, 2019 Eddie Murphy Lizzo
882 11 January 25, 2020 Adam Driver Halsey
883 12 February 1, 2020 J. J. Watt Luke Combs
884 13 February 8, 2020 RuPaul Justin Bieber
885 14 February 29, 2020 John Mulaney David Byrne
886 15 March 7, 2020 Daniel Craig The Weeknd
887† 16 April 11, 2020 Tom Hanks Chris Martin
888† 17 April 25, 2020 No host Miley Cyrus
889† 18 May 9, 2020 Kristen Wiig Boyz 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]

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Notes[]

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

References[]

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