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Saturday Night Live Wins Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Congratulations to the Season 47 cast and crew! 

By Jessica White
Bowen Yang, Selena Gomez, Aidy Bryant, and Post Malone standing on the SNL stage

Yet again, NBC's Saturday Night Live has taken home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the 2022 Emmy Awards. 

Series creator Lorne Michaels took the stage to accept the award, delivering a heartwarming speech about the challenges the SNL cast and crew experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a live show, SNL had to work harder than ever. Despite the obstacle, the SNL cast accepted the challenge with grace, proving the timelessness of the sketch series.

"There were lots of people that could have left that didn't," Michaels explained, speaking to the SNL cast, including Emmys Host and longtime cast member Kenan Thompson. "We kinda stuck together. There's something in the DNA of the show, that when it's 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday, we show up. I want to thank them all for showing up."

Season 47 was a banner year for SNL, featuring a talented lineup of celebrity guest Hosts like Selena Gomez, Jerrod Carmichael, and Kim Kardashian. The season finale marked a bittersweet goodbye to numerous long-time SNL fan-favorites such as Kate McKinnonAidy BryantKyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson

Saturday Night Live is widely beloved, with Season 47 earning nine Emmy nominations in 2022 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Bowen Yang), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Kate McKinnon) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Jerrod Carmichael), Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Production, Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series, Outstanding Music Direction, and finally, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special. That's a whole lot of love! 

Saturday Night Live Season 48 premieres Saturday, October 1 at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and simulcasted live on Peacock