As Saturday Night Live barrels towards its inescapable 50th season on NBC, the live sketch comedy has lost one of its lead producers. Saturday night, word immediately spread that Ken Aymong decided to retire from the show after three or more many years working at 30 Rock. Frequently commented as one of the top lieutenant’s of SNL maker Lorne Michaels, Aymong was generally liable for aiding hold the funding in check in the background at Studio 8H.
During the farewells toward the finish of the Season 47th premiere, Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost was spotted with a sign that read “We’ll miss you, Ken.” The Hollywood trades are presently affirming Jost’s comments were outfitted towards the producer’s retirement.
“It’s a live show. There’s no margin for error. Expertise counts on a show like ‘SNL’ more than other shows, because you can’t make a mistake,” SNL historian James Andrew Miller told Variety on Sunday. “By the way, Lorne Michaels hates mistakes. So Kenny Aymong is one of those people who is part of the institutional memory of the show. He’s been there a long time, and he knows exactly what needs to be done.”
As indicated by Miller, Aymong “is just all about making sure that everybody is protected and everything gets done the way it’s supposed to get done.”
Other active producers on the show incorporate Michaels, Erik Kenward, Steve Higgins, Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, Mike Shoemaker, and Marci Klein.
Aymong isn’t the only longtime staffer leaving the program either. Director Don Roy King, a director on the show since 2006, has additionally decided to part from the series.