A day after comedian Brooks Wheelan announced to his 32,000 Twitter followers that he’s been booted out of “Saturday Night Live,” (SNL) three more cast members are reported to be leaving the show. Read further to learn more about this scoop.
Wheelan broke the news of his ousting last Monday, July 14, 2014 via a tweet saying, “FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!”
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
According to Variety, “SNL” has decided not to renew the contracts of newcomers Nöel Wells and John Milhisers for Season 40. The two ex-Upright Citizen Brigade performers joined the show last fall as featured players.
Also included on the cast who will not appear on Season 40 is veteran Nasim Pedrad, who joined the show in 2009 and appeared for five seasons. However, Pedrad will still work with “SNL’s” executive producer, Lorne Michaels. She will co-star on a new primetime FOX comedy, “Mulaney,” created by former “SNL” writer John Mulaney and produced by Michaels himself.
Wells’s most notable performance was her impersonation of Lena Dunham (“Girls”), which became viral at the start of 2014. She has also played other female celebrities including Zooey Deschanel, Emma Stone, Alyson Hannigan and Nancy Grace.
On the other hand, CNN commented that Milhiser’s dismissal “should not come as a surprise,” especially to “SNL” fans, as the comedian only got a minimal screen time last season. One of the most notable roles he got was when he played Jon Cryer. Cryer himself wrote a compassionate tweet to Milhiser.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) July 15, 2014
Unlike Wells and Milhiser, Deadline reported that fellow newcomer Michael Patrick O’Brien’s future is still under discussion. The show is considering him to return to writing — O’Brien was one of the show’s writer before his stint — or staying on for the next season. For the other casts, NBC has yet to announce their future.
It was tough for “SNL” when six of its seasoned male cast members, including Jason Sudeikis, Bill Harder and Seth Meyers, left the show at the end of 2012 and 2013. This resulted to a hefty addition of six fresh faces at the start of Season 39: Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Milhiser, Wells, Wheelan and O’Brien. Sasheer Zamata also joined the show in January 2014.
That’s it for the latest “Saturday Night Live” update about its three departing cast members. For more news and updates about your favorite celebrities, TV shows and upcoming movies, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.
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