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Kate McKinnon shares the reason she left SNL: “I had the best decade”

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Openly gay comedian Kate McKinnon explained the real reason behind her departure from SNL. After joining the cast in 2012, SNL fans immersed themselves in the versatile comedic talent of McKinnon.

During her time on the show, she delivered smart, witty and legendary characters, including Barbra DeDrew, Madame Vivelda, and Olya Povlatsky.

Most importantly, McKinnon made LGBTQ+ history as the first out lesbian to join the show as a full-time cast member. However on 21 May, the beloved actor ended her tenure on SNL during the show’s 47th season finale – which featured her portraying the iconic Miss Rafferty character one last time.

After a few months of silence, McKinnon finally opened up about her exit during her recent appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “I thought about [leaving] for a very long time, and it was very, very hard.

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