|Premier:||September 28, 2019|
|Last episode:||May 9, 2020|
|Weekend Update anchor(s):|| Colin Jost|
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. 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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- † 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.
(2019 - 2020)