The 'Saturday Night Live' veteran filed for divorce from wife Christina Evangeline in June 2022 after 10 years of marriage
During a Today show appearance on Monday, anchor Hoda Kotb wondered why the Saturday Night Live star has spoken only "a little bit" about his divorce and didn't write "much" at all about the topic his upcoming memoir When I Was Your Age: Life Lessons, Funny Stories & Questionable Parenting Advice from a Professional Clown.
Thompson, 45, explained that he "didn't want to speak out of turn on people who aren't there to tell their vision of the story."
The comic — who remained fairly tight-lipped throughout his relationship with Evangeline, 34 — added, "So I just kind of told my perspective, basically."
Kenan Thompson @kenanthompson is opening up to @hodakotb about his new memoir “When I Was Your Age” where he talks about navigating being a child actor, his separation with Kel Mitchell, being a girl dad, and more. pic.twitter.com/PbaUJDHO9F
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 4, 2023
Thompson did note that he was still very forthcoming in his memoir, noting how he had to "tell the whole story from A to Z." The comedian also confirmed that "99 percent" of his real-life experiences are included in the book.
News of Thompson and Evangeline's separation after 10 years of marriage first emerged in April 2022. He later filed for divorce that June, requesting 50/50 custody of their daughters Georgia Marie and Gianna Michelle.
When I Was Your Age is "an ode to growing up, getting older and wiser, and learning from the school of hard knocks," according to Harper Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Thompson addresses topics including parenthood, race and body image in the book.
"It's been such a joy to write and share my story in When I Was Your Age," Thompson said in a statement shared with PEOPLE in August. "From All That to SNL, I’ve had a lot of laughs — and learned a few lessons — along the way, and I hope fans will too."
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When I Was Your Age: Life Lessons, Funny Stories & Questionable Parenting Advice from a Professional Clown is out Tuesday everywhere books are sold.
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