Openly gay comedienne Kate McKinnon is expected to bring the funny to the show as early as April 7.
"Saturday Night Live" is anticipating the shortage of female cast by hiring Kate McKinnon. She may be a fresh face on the sketch show but McKinnon has starred in the first three seasons of Rosie O'Donnell-produced "Big Gay Sketch Show" on Logo.
According to Deadline, McKinnon is expected to make her first "SNL" appearance as early as next weekend when Sofia Vergara is hosting. If she successfully brings the funny to "SNL", then McKinnon would be the show's first openly gay performer since Terry Sweeney was cast in 1985-1986. She would also be the show's first lesbian since the late Danitra Vance was cast in 1985.
McKinnon is brought in reportedly because the show could be losing one of its female veterans. Executive producer Lorne Michaels expects Kristen Wiig to make a decision this summer whether she would stay or move on. Wiig's contract is up at the end of the season. Michaels is reportedly also trying out other ladies.