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Kate McKinnon Opens Up About Her ‘SNL’ Exit: ‘My Body Was Tired’

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When it’s time, it’s time! Kate McKinnon opened up about her decision to leave Saturday Night Live after a decade on the sketch comedy show.

“I thought about it for a very long time and it was very, very hard,” McKinnon, 38, said of her departure during a Thursday, July 21, appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “All I ever wanted to do in my whole life was be on Saturday Night Live. And so, I did, I loved it, I had the best decade and then I was just, like, my body was tired, and I felt like it was time.”

Host Ryan Seacrest asked the Ghostbusters actress how she’ll spend her Saturday evenings now. “I don’t know what I will do. I don’t know that I can watch the show yet because it’s just too emo because I miss everyone so much,” she said. The New York native added that her SNL castmates were like “family, for sure.”


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In May, McKinnon performed her final cold open sketch as a cast member on the Emmy-winning show. The comedian broke down in tears while playing her fan-favorite character, alien abductee Miss Rafferty.

“Well, Earth, I love you, thanks for letting me stay awhile. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” she said for the final time. The season 47 finale was also the final show for cast members Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney.

Davidson, 28, announced his departure after eight seasons via SNL writer Dave Sirius’ Instagram. The King of Staten Island star shared a video of comedian Jerrod Carmichael hugging him after his first episode of the NBC show in 2014.

“This video was taken 8 years ago. Jerrod sent it to me last night and it made me super emotional in the best way. In the video, I had just gotten back from doing my very first update and sketch,” he wrote alongside the clip. “It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last one.”


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Davidson continued, “I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life. I’m so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them. I appreciate you guys always having my back and sticking up for me even when that wasn’t the popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and sticking by my side even when it seemed comical. Thank you for teaching me life values, how to grow up and for giving me memories that will last a lifetime.”

During McKinnon’s time on the show, she impersonated a variety of public figures including Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Ellen DeGeneres and Rudy Giuliani. Davidson, for his part, was best known for his appearances on weekend updates, musical sketches and his perpetually unimpressed character, Chad.

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Evan Rachel Wood Tells Judge She Did Not Forge FBI Letter That Ex Marilyn Manson Claims She Drafted To Take Him Down.

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Melissa Gorga Addresses Rumors She’s Quitting ‘RHONJ’ Over Teresa Drama

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Clearing the air. Melissa Gorga addressed speculation that she’s leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey amid her tense relationship with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice.

After she and her husband, Joe Gorga, discussed their decision to skip the 50-year-old Celebrity Apprentice alum’s wedding to Luis Ruelas, the 43-year-old Bravo personality took to her Instagram Story to dispel the rumors. “People are taking pieces from my podcast and assuming I’m leaving the show,” Melissa wrote on Thursday, August 11. “This is how rumors get started. I never said I was leaving the show. I was just clarifying how we felt after a difficult weekend. We have no plans on leaving. #RHONJ.”

Giudice and Ruelas exchanged vows on Saturday, August 6. While the rest of the RHONJ cast was on hand to witness the pair tie the knot — including Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin and more — the Gorgas didn’t attend.


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“We have a laundry list right of reasons in our heads [of] why and I will let all my listeners know this — obviously, there was something that went down at the finale of filming The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Melissa began on Thursday’s episode of her “On Display” podcast. “Those exact details, I obviously cannot say today. Anything that we have filmed is something that I am not able to talk about.”

The designer told listeners that the “full, entire story” has not yet been aired out, but she pointed out that there are some details emerging that are “obviously not coming from my camp.” She went on to confess that there has been some “crazy” family drama brewing.

“Yes, there was a little aggression from certain people that could have been a little scary,” the singer continued. “There definitely were moments. There was plenty of reasons for Joe and I to say it would be very strange — including everyone in that room, by the way — to look at Joe and I to say like, ‘Yes, it would be very strange for you guys to just be sitting in the pews tomorrow, like, wishing them well on their wedding day.’ It would be strange.”

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Joe, 42, added that he tends to “disagree” with people who blame all the tension on the family’s involvement in RHONJ. “I know we’re on a reality show, but if you’re pure and you’re honest and you go in with open arms, why do you have to fight? Why are we fighting? Why is this going on? Is there a jealousy thing going on? Not with us. We’re not jealous,” he asserted.

The real estate developer said skipping his sister’s nuptials “was one of the hardest days of my life,” alleging much of the drama stems from what went down at the season 12 reunion.

“This is what she really wanted. She didn’t want you in the wedding. She didn’t want any of my children in the wedding. She barely wanted me,” he claimed. “I was asked after all this information went out to be in a wedding. And that’s what saddens me. … When I left that reunion, I looked at you in a car and I was like, ‘Wow, she hates us. I’ve never seen her like this.’ … And Melissa immediately texted her and said, ‘Listen, we’re all good. Let’s move forward.’ She never responded.”


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As Housewives fans speculated about the couple’s absence from Giudice’s big day, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that it was “a last-minute decision” to skip the wedding “after a blowout fight” with the bride. “Melissa was blindsided by the ‘rumor’ that was revealed,” the insider added. “That’s when things escalated and got out of control.”

While the Standing Strong author has yet to publicly address the alleged feud, her husband shut down reports that the newlyweds asked Melissa and Joe to pay for bailing on the wedding. “We would never in a million years ask for money from Joe and Melissa – we are not petty. Joe and Melissa were missed,” Ruelas commented on an Instagram post earlier this week.

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‘Secret Headquarters’ reveals a too-familiar teen twist on the superhero formula

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The explanation for that initial distribution trajectory might be as simple as the fact that the film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who has a long legacy of blockbusters. But everything else about the movie has a teen vibe and feels scaled toward a more modest venue and expectations.

The story easily boils down to a quick description that reflects the generic nature of the exercise: Teenage Charlie (Walker Scobell, recently featured in another so-so streaming sci-fi/comedy, “The Adam Project”) is irritated by his absentee dad (Owen Wilson), who has split from his mom and never seems to be around.

When dad takes off for “work” while Charlie’s visiting, the kid and a trio of his friends discover dad’s secret lair, the haven for a superhero known as the Guard, who regularly saves the world using an Iron Man-like suit that consists of alien technology.

The quartet first revels in playing with their new and very high-tech toys, before their snooping alerts a villain (Michael Peña, deserving better) who is after the Guard’s gadgetry to their location, setting off an extended skirmish over acquiring it. Almost all of that unfolds within the headquarters, giving the entire movie a claustrophobic feel, while the various teen crushes — including Charlie’s toward Maya (“The Baby-Sitter’s Club’s” Momona Tamada) — play out along the way.

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (“Project Power”), who share script credit with Christopher Yost and Josh Koenigsberg, “Secret Headquarters” possesses obvious parallels to Marvel’s recent teen-superhero series “Ms. Marvel.” That said, the concept borrows liberally from the genre, including elements of “Jumanji” (the remake, not the original) and “Shazam!”

Granted, nobody has a monopoly on the durable fantasy of kids getting to save the world, but that template has been used often enough to warrant trying to at least bend the mold, even in a PG-rated live-action package, if not necessarily reinvent it.

Some of the elements in “Secret Headquarters” are mildly pleasant, but the film seems too content to color completely within the lines. The resulting picture might be enough of a diversion for younger kids, but even they won’t be missing much if what’s in the movie stays secret.

“Secret Headquarters” premieres Aug. 12 on Paramount+. It’s rated PG.

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