‘Key & Peele’ to End After Current Fifth Season, Stars Confirm
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been rising through the comedy ranks since long before Key & Peele, though there’s no denying how visibly the Comedy Central sketch series boosted their profile. Still, all birds must eventually leave the nest, and so we’ve learned that the fifth and current Key & Peele season will be their last.
The Wrap first confirmed the news, though Key was quick to assert that the pair would simply move on to other projects, both together and apart, keeping the Key & Peele tradition alive long past the Comedy Central series:
This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie. I’m thinking we could do that every three years – take a year, go bang out a movie. That’s the plan right now.
There will be Key & Peele productions coming up. We’re doing the reboot of ‘Police Academy,’ and there’s a TV show in the works that me might do for Comedy Central. There’s lots of stuff we have cooking up.
The fifth season began airing on July 8, and will run into September, all episodes having already completed production. As we saw at the most recent Correspondents’ Dinner, Key and Peele can certainly continue beloved characters like Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator, or substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, outside of Comedy Central. Should we lament Key & Peele’s loss, or was it time for the pair to break out?