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Kenan Thompson Not a Suspect in ‘SNL’ Alum Chris Redd’s NYC Attack Despite Online Commentary  

Saturday Night Live” alum and comedian Chris Redd is recovering after he was attacked by an unidentified individual while standing outside of the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, where he was scheduled to perform Wednesday night. 

According to authorities who spoke to ABC 7, Redd was getting out of his vehicle and was on his way to the iconic comedy club just before 9:40 p.m. when a man who reportedly looked like a security guard wearing a blue “security” jacket, black pants, black gray and white sneakers, and a bucket hat, charged at the 37-year-old star and punched him in the face. 

Kenan Thompson Not a Suspect in ?SNL? Alum Chris Redd?s NYC Attack Despite Online Commentary ?
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Actors Kenan Thompson (L) and Chris Redd (R) attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Day 2 at the Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

According to bystanders, the assailant snatched a Greg Yuna chain from the actor’s neck, but when the suspect grabbed it, the jewelry fell apart on the street. 

Redd was left with a bleeding nose, although he was able to recover his chain before being taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment and later released. The culprit ran off before authorities could arrive. 

Despite commentary on social media, Redd’s former co-star Kenan Thompson is not a suspect in the incident, and no one has been arrested. Thompson’s name surfaced amid good wishes to his former “SNL” co-star due to his relationship with Thompson’s estranged wife, Christina Evangeline.

Redd began dating the model last September, nearly five months after the “Good Burger” star filed for divorce after 11 years of marriage. The former pair had been separated since 2019 and share two daughters, Georgia and Gianna. Meanwhile, Thompson and Redd have been working together side by side on NBC’s “SNL” for six years. Redd also played his brother on Thompson’s canceled television series, “Kenan.” 

Redd rose to prominence thanks to his impressive impressions of notable public figures, including New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams. Last September,  the St. Louis native announced that he would not be returning to the longtime-running sketch show. 

“Being a part of ‘Saturday Night Live‘ has been the experience of a lifetime,” he said in a statement. “Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth. Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire ‘Saturday Night Live’ organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”

The actor has not spoken out about his attack. 

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