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Colin Jost May Leave 'SNL' Post-Election

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By Adreon Patterson

"Weekend Update" anchor Colin Jost may be making his own headlines as his future with Saturday Night Live might possibly be coming to an end, according to his upcoming memoir.

The revelation comes as excerpts from the upcoming book A Very Punchable Face were released to the press before its release this Spring.

Jost has been a staple on the show for over a decade as both a writer and cast member, with the long-running "Weekend Update" segment being his main focus.

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New of Jost's possible departure has come as the "Weekend Update" host’s upcoming memoir prepares for release. In proofs obtained by Variety, Jost suggests his time at SNL maybe winding after spending 15 years as a writer, head writer and cast member. At this time, it is pure speculation as the language and remarks used may change before the book’s final publication date.

In the book, Jost states that he is “preparing mentally” to leave the program at some point in the near future while suggesting he wants to continue co-anchoring “Weekend Update” with Michael Che at least through the 2020 election.

Jost suggests he has the desire to develop bigger ideas and concepts, outside the usual sketch comedy format.

Jost’s memoir arrives on April 14 from Penguin Random House’s Crown imprint.

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His departure is nothing new for the late-night sketch show as each season speculation grows about SNL cast members' departures with leaks about a particular person’s contract or new projects they might be involved with.

Some cast changes have greatly affected the program with the double departure of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg in 2012, with Jason Sudeikis following several months later, Losing those staple members deprived the show of popular characters while the show was in the process of rebuilding with new cast members.

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Jost may not have to worry about leaving the American staple as in recent years, executive producer Lorne Michaels has found a way for his cast to juggle other projects while staying on the show. Many of those projects have been produced under Lorne's Broadway Video production company.

Cast member Aidy Bryant gained notice for her Hulu series “Shrill” while fan-favorite Kate McKinnon opted to stay with SNL this season after winning a starring role in a Hulu series about disgraced Theranos chief Elizabeth Holmes. The show's longest-running cast member Kenan Thompson is a producer on the Nickelodeon reboot All That along with a recent sitcom effort.

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Over the years, Jost’s influence over the late-night staple has been tremendous as he is currently in the midst of his second stint as a head writer, where he has worked since graduating Harvard University in 2005. He has had a hand in writing some of the show’s longest-running and endearing characters, including Thompson’s portrayal of David “Big Papi” Ortiz, with Jost drawing on his own experiences vacationing in the Carribean (especially the various foods Thompson mentions during the bits).

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Jost has been hosting the “Weekend Update” segment since 2014 after the departure of former head writer and cast member Seth Meyers, who went on to host Late Night with Seth Meyers. While many cast members dedicate themselves to only doing “Update”, Jost has begun appearing in other SNL sketches and gaining notice for playing Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

In recent years, Jost's profile has been increased as he became involved with Oscar nominee and Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson.

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