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Kate McKinnon breaks silence on ‘SNL’ exit: ‘My body was tired’

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In May, “Saturday Night Live” marked the end of an era by bidding a goodbye to four of its castmates, including fan-favorite Kate McKinnon.

For the first time since her “SNL” exit, McKinnon revealed the reason she left the show after 11 successful seasons on a Thursday segment of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

McKinnon said it wasn’t an easy decision to make. The actor and comedian has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for her work on the show, winning twice. Over the past decade, she’s created and played characters that have taken the internet by storm.

“It was very, very hard,” she said about making her decision. “All I ever wanted to do in my whole life was be on ‘Saturday Night Live.'”

Kate McKinnon attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

But when it came down to it, McKinnon said a decade of work took a lot out of her — physically and mentally.

“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,” McKinnon said.

While she stands by her decision to step away when it felt right for her, McKinnon said she still can’t bring herself to tune into the show on Saturday nights because of the memories it brings back for her.

“It’s just too emo because I miss everyone so much,” she said, calling her “SNL” co-stars her “other family.” McKinnon called Season 47 her last alongside Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson.

Instead, the actor joked that maybe she’ll tape an episode of “The Bachelorette” to watch on Saturdays until she can hear “Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night Live!'” from the other side of the camera.

McKinnon is the longest-running female cast member in the sketch comedy show’s history. She’s also been featured in numerous films, including “Ghostbusters,” “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and “Bombshell.” Currently, she’s filming Greta Gerwig’s highly- anticipated “Barbie” movie that is due out next year.



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31 Pieces Of Clothing From Walmart To Make You Feel Like You’re On Vacation — Even If You’re Not

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Promising review: “Bought this in a 3X for my 17-year-old daughter (5’6”, 220 lbs) and it is so adorable. There is nice support up top, too, without uncomfortable wires. I actually came back and ordered a second one for our cruise, because she can’t find anything else she likes as much as this. I might buy a third because it’s so affordable and swimsuits are HARD to shop for unless you’re a size 6–8.” —gmmarie

Price: $16 (originally $18.98, available in sizes S–3X and also in a tankini top and matching bottom)

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Neve Campbell says her ‘Scream 6’ offer was unfair, wouldn’t have been the same ‘if I were a man’

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Neve Campbell shocked the “Scream” fandom when she announced June 6 that she would not be returning for the upcoming sixth “Scream” movie, making it the first installment in the long-running horror franchise not to star Campbell. The actor said at the time that the offer to star in “Scream 6” did not properly “equate” to the value she brings to the franchise. Now Campbell tells People that she believes her offer for “Scream 6” would not have come in so low if she were a man.

“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years,” Campbell said. “And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”

Campbell added, “I honestly don’t believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man. And in my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling that — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around that.”

The upcoming “Scream 6” will once again be directed by Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo who revived the franchise with the fifth installment. That film, simply titled “Scream,” opened in January and grossed $140 million worldwide. Newcomers Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are all set to reprise their roles from the fifth film. Franchise mainstay Courteney Cox will also be back.

In her original statement, Campbell wrote that it was “difficult” to exit the “Scream” franchise and added, “To all my ‘Scream’ fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”

Neve Campbell in “Scream 4.”
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“I absolutely respect her for that. I think that it’s hard to be a woman in this industry and in any industry at all,” Campbell’s fellow “Scream” star Jasmin Savoy Brown told Variety shortly after she announced her exit. “If any person, but especially any woman, feels that she deserves more — whether that’s a financial situation with work, out of a relationship, out of fill in the blank — if she can walk away, I support that.”

“Scream 6” will follow the quartet of survivors from the fifth movie as they leave Woodsboro behind and attempt to start a fresh chapter. Ortega teased the film earlier this summer by calling it the bloodiest “Scream” entry yet.

“Ghostface gets a lot more intimidating,” Ortega said of the “Scream 6” script. “I just read part of the script, and it just gets more and more gory. I think that this is probably the most aggressive and violent version of Ghostface we’ve ever seen, which I think will really be fun to shoot.”

Paramount Pictures has set a March 31, 2023 release date for “Scream 6.”

This story first appeared on Variety.com.



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Ashton Kutcher Reveals Battle With Rare Disease That ‘Knocked Out’ His Vision and Hearing

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Ashton Kutcher revealed he suffered from a rare form of vasculitis two years ago that left him temporarily unable to see or hear. 

The 44-year-old actor told Bear Grylls about his struggle with the disease while filming for Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge. The episode will air Monday evening at 9pm ET on National Geographic. 

“I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” Kutcher told Grylls of the condition, which involves inflammation of the blood vessels. “It took me like a year to build it all back up.”

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” he continued. “Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”

Grylls listened intently, telling Kutcher “What an ordeal. Talk about strength through adversity!” 

Kutcher responded that  he’s “lucky to be alive,” and that “the minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?” he said. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge premiered last month with the announcement of a new set of famous guests, including Natalie Portman, Florence Pugh and Simu Liu.

Like seasons before, Grylls will teach the celebrities a set of essential survival skills that they will later put to the test in some of the most intense outdoor settings. 

  

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