Lorne Michaels Addresses Retirement Rumors Ahead of 'Saturday Night Live' 50th Anniversary

The creator of the long-running NBC skit series has addressed rumors about his retirement ahead of the show's 50th anniversary next year, admitting, 'I rely on other people and always have.'

AceShowbiz - Lorne Michaels, the celebrated creator of the long-running sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live", recently addressed the swirling rumors about his potential retirement. As "SNL" approaches its monumental 50th anniversary, questions about Michaels' future role have become a hot topic. The 79-year-old visionary told the New York Times, "I'm going to do it as long as I feel I can do it. But I rely on other people and always have."

Despite his age and the growing speculation, Michaels has yet to announce any formal plans to leave "SNL". However, his statements come amidst a backdrop of growing curiosity. In May, NBC announced plans for a three-hour primetime special scheduled for February 2025, celebrating the show's half-century milestone.

Considering the future leadership of the show, Michaels suggested that Tina Fey, a former "SNL" cast member and writer, could be a suitable successor. "My replacement could easily be Tina Fey," he noted, adding, "but there are a lot of people who are there now who are also, you know [could be good]." This indicates that the legacy of "SNL" could be in capable hands, ensuring its continued success.

Michaels also shared his reflections on fame and its impact on comedians, drawing from his five decades of experience observing comedy's greatest stars. "No one can handle the fame," Michaels remarked. "Generally, we're more tolerant of it, but you know people are going to turn into assholes. Because it's just part of that process, because no one grew up that way." This candid insight shines a light on the challenges that come with stardom, emphasizing the importance of resilience in the entertainment industry.

Amidst guiding seasoned stars, Michaels has also been a mentor to the younger members of the "SNL" cast. "If you were the funniest kid in the class, or your school, and then you're working professionally and everyone else in the room is that," he said. "It can be upsetting or can be really stimulating." These words reflect how "SNL" has remained a vibrant incubator for comedic talent, driven by an environment that fosters both challenge and inspiration.

As speculation continues about his eventual retirement, Lorne Michaels remains a pivotal figure in shaping the future of "SNL". Whether or not he steps down soon, his influence will undoubtedly echo through the halls of Studio 8H for years to come.

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