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Lindsay Shookus has left her longtime role as a producer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
On Friday, the 42-year-old six-time Emmy Award winner took to Instagram to announce her departure from the show.
“After 20 seasons on Saturday Night Live (and 415 live shows – I counted!), I’ve decided to trade in the wild late night life and move on from the show,” she wrote in the lengthy caption of her photo. Set.
Shookus continued, “When I started in 2002, I was a kid from Buffalo, NY, who knew nothing about the business, except that I wanted to be a part of it somehow. I found my niche at SNL and I’ve spent the past two years developing the most incredible friendships and memories with some truly amazing and talented people. Spent decades.”
The New York native met her ex-husband and former “SNL” producer Kevin Miller, with whom she shares a daughter, Maddie, through her work on the show.
Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Shookus dine together
“What could be a greater gift from my time on the show than my sweet, funny girl who brightens every day,” Shookus wrote.
Shookus said she was excited about her next step and planned to spend more time with Maddie. She said she will continue her work with the SNL Diversity Scholarship, which she created in 2020, and her organization Women Work F#King Hard.
The TV veteran expressed gratitude to “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels and his colleagues.
“I will forever be grateful to Lorne for this once in a lifetime opportunity…thank you for your support, encouragement and freedom to bring my voice to this legendary stage,” she added: “Thank you to all the people who have continued, supported, taught, listened, validated and supported me throughout my crazy ride on the show. respected.”
Ben Affleck is reportedly dating ‘SNL’ producer Lindsay Shokus
Shookus concluded by saying, “I don’t know exactly what the future holds anymore,” but she knows she’s “going to a good place.”
Page Six reported Friday that Shookus has turned down an offer to take another spot on the NBC sketch comedy show, which is in the process of being revived in preparation for its upcoming 48th season.
“Lindsay has been on the show for 20 years, she’s been a producer since 2012. She’s shaking things up,” a source told the outlet. An insider said, “She was offered another job on the show, but she decided to move on.”
After landing a role as a television executive assistant in 2002, the show rose through the ranks and became a producer in 2012. He also booked hosts and musical guests and recruited new talent as head of the talent department at “SNL.”
Shookus previously dated Ben Affleck, 50. The pair met in 2015 when the “Argo” star hosted “SNL” for the fifth time. Affleck separated from his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Garner, 50, the previous year and their divorce was finalized in 2018.
After making their romance public in 2017, Shookus and Affleck split in 2018, shortly before the actor entered rehab. The pair reunited in early 2019 but went their separate ways in April of the same year.
“She’s got a kid and an ex-husband and a job in New York and Ben has his family and a job in LA, and while they love and respect each other, they realize it’s not going to work,” a source told PEOPLE. newspaper. “He really gave another solid effort.”
“They will always have love for each other,” the insider added.
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In 2021, Affleck rekindled his romance with his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 53. The two ended their engagement in 2004 after two years together.
After tying the knot in a surprise Las Vegas wedding last month, the pair are set to walk down the aisle again this weekend in a lavish three-day bash at Affleck’s sprawling estate in Georgia.
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