Kel Mitchell: There Will Be No ‘Kenan & Kel’ Reunion Because Kenan Hates Me And Doesn’t Even Like To Hear My Name
Dear Kenan Thompson,
Whatup, homey? Hey — can you get me a writing gig at SNL? Got some real great ideas that I’d hate to see go to waste. There’s this one skit where you play a superhero whose powers only work on St. Patrick’s Day but he gets drunk every year and forgets…you know what I’ll save you the details.
Anyway, I’m writing you in regards to Kel Mitchell’s claims that you hate him and hate hearing his name and don’t want people to bring up your old Nick shows and child acting. Kenan — I completely understand, bruh. You’re an established actor now, a seasoned SNL cast member, and a respected member of the New York comedy scene. WAY too successful to be hanging out remiscing about orange soda and Goodburgers. Plus you married that hot ass (Latina?) which proves you don’t need any help in the ass department.
Plus by most accounts you’re an overall chill bro who smokes weed and tells jokes and seem like an altogether swell fellow. But here’s the problem: you’ll always be Kenan & Kel. Always. Don’t believe me? Go out right now on a stabbing murder spree and see if CNN doesn’t refer to you as Kenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel. 100% chance they will. Just the way it is — some things you can’t leave behind. There are only a very select group of people who can overcome child stardom to become successful adults, and only a fraction of those people can eclipse the shadow of their former celebrity. You’ve made a decent post-puberty career for yourself, Kenan, but the last time I checked you are not Justin Timberlake.
Again, I’m speaking as a fan and as a fellow young African American who uses self-deprecating black humor to earn a living. It’s time to stop being a dick about your Kenan & Kel past and embrace who you are: a former child star who was the fat kid in a fat kid/dumb kid duo. And unless you plan on backing up your roles in Barbershop 2 and Fat Albert with a few Oscar-worthy performances, you’re always gonna be (at least partially) Kenan from Kenan & Kel.
Suck it up and do a reunion. Not even for us. For the Nineties.
PS – Seriously, hook it up with an SNL writing gig.