Kenan Thompson is joining the Hollywood bigwigs!
The “Saturday Night Live” star will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11.
The groundbreaking event comes several months after his marriage to Christina Evangeline crashed.
Kenan Thompson Gets Highest Form Of Recognition In Hollywood
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Thompson has another milestone to celebrate following Josh Server’s celebratory Instagram post. The “All That” alum uploaded a flier with his former co-star and friend’s face and information on the star reception event.
The flier also noted that Server, JB Smoove, and Leslie Jones would be guest speakers. In the caption, Server stated:
“I could not be more excited for my friend and honored to be part of this special day! Can’t wait to celebrate you @kenanthompson #welldeserved #longoverdue #walkoffame.”
Excited fans and followers have given the post thousands of likes, with one person typing “absolutely fantastic! you’ll do a great job” in the comments.
Although several other followers echoed the positive statement, one fan was touched by Server and Thompson’s friendship, and they wrote:
“This isn’t the clearest evidence of “squad goals” being a real thing, then I don’t know what is!!’! Just amazing! Love this. Congratulations @kenanthompson, on your much deserved place in Entertainment History and well-chosen speakers for your special day!”
According to Daily News, Thompson will be honored with the 2,728th star from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The ceremony will happen on Hollywood Boulevard, where his star will get placed next to the one named for his longtime “SNL” boss, Lorne Michaels.
The 44-year-old had set a record for being the longest-running “SNL” cast member as he joined the cast of the sketch comedy series in 2003.
The Emmy Award winner’s name was included in the television category, alongside Regina King, Holly Robinson Peete, Byron Allen, and Michael Strahan. The honorees were first announced in June 2021.
As for Thompson’s dissolved marriage, The Blast revealed that it was Thompson who filed for divorce from Evangeline after 11 years together.
The legal documents submitted by the comedian showed that he reportedly made a move to officially end things in May.
The documents also disclosed that the father-of-two wanted a 50/50 custody split for his daughters, Georgia Marie and Gianna Michelle.
Although the former couple initially split in November 2020, they maintained a close relationship as friends and co-parents. A source close to them stated, “[They] are completely amicable. There’s nothing juicy about why they split.”
Things are so good between the estranged lovebirds that Thompson reportedly saw Evangeline almost every day as they usually enjoyed cozy dinners together.
The “Fat Albert” Star Anticipates The End Of “Saturday Night Live”
In July, The Blast reported that Thompson spoke about the inevitable end of “SNL” during an appearance on Charlamagne Tha God’s “Hell of a Week.”
When asked about the show’s possible end rumor, the “Good Burger” star jokingly responded, “Is that the rumor? OK, well, I need to start planning.”
He quickly sobered up and said, “There could be a lot of validity to that rumor because 50 is a good number to stop at. It’s an incredible package.”
He continued by stating that Michaels would be close to 80 when the show clocks 50. And since “SNL” was his baby, it would be difficult to replace him.
He added that it would be a good opportunity for NBC to “save money as well,” and they might choose to slash the budget. He concluded by saying:
“That’s really unfair to just really watch it really go down in flames or whatever because of those restrictions. It’d just be a different thing. Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea. I don’t know.”
Michaels has already begun hinting at the possibility of retiring after SNL’s 50th season in 2024. When he spoke to “CBS Morning’s” Gayle King in December 2021, he explained:
“I think I’m committed to doing this show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years. I’d like to see that through, and I have a feeling that’d be a really good time to leave.”
Michaels has come a long way since “SNL’s” first broadcast on NBC on October 11, 1975.