Should Kate McKinnon (‘SNL’) go out on top and — gulp! — leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ this season? [POLL]

The thought of Kate McKinnon one day leaving “Saturday Night Live” makes us queasy. But it’s inevitable. Other than Kenan Thompson, who’s the all-time “SNL” record holder at 15 seasons and counting, she’s this year’s longest-running cast member, having joined the show near the end of Season 37 in 2012. McKinnon is undeniably the biggest star on this current 43rd season, coming off back-to-back Emmy victories as Best Comedy Supporting Actress and headlining big screen comedies like “Ghostbusters,” “Office Christmas Party” and “Rough Night.” Do you think that McKinnon should go out on top and take her final bow on “Saturday Night Live”? Vote in our poll below.

If McKinnon were to leave at the end of Season 43, that’d clock her in as starring on the show for seven seasons. And seven seems to be a magical number for A-list “SNL” stars to say farewell to Studio 8H. Vanessa Bayer, Dana Carvey, Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan, Mike Myers, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and Kristen Wiig all said goodbye after seven years on “Saturday Night Live.”

While McKinnon has brought us a plethora of original characters over the years, she’s perhaps best known for taking on real-life political figures, particularly as politics continue to dominate “Saturday Night Live.” We dare you not to crack a smile while reminiscing about McKinnon dressed up any of the following folks: Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Warren, Betsy DeVos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Did we forget anyone?

Don’t get me wrong, if I had my say, I’d want McKinnon to remain on “Saturday Night Live” for a few more years. But I realize that’s selfish. For McKinnon to continue to grow in her career, it’s probably best for her to say adieu to “SNL” in the next year or so.

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