Looks like ‘Saturday Night Live’ will soon be looking for two more cast members. Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam, who have both been a part of the ‘SNL’ cast for six seasons, will not be returning for season 42. And Taran’s not sure why!
Two of the most-loved comedians on Saturday Night Live are officially out, our sister publication, TVLine reported exclusively. NBC later confirmed the news. Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam will not be returning, and that strangest part is that we have no idea why — expecially since Taran was still in contract.
In an interview with Uproxx, Taren revealed that SNL had cut his even-season contract short — but he doesn’t know the reasoning. While he’s directing the film Why We’re Killing Gunther, he admitted that was approved a head of time by the late-night program, but could have been a factor in the decision.
“I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really,” he said. “I honestly don’t know what happened on the other side, but I do know we had expressed I have work on this film and in bonding this picture, that has to get cleared with SNL.”
Of course, he is very gracious with his departure.
“My feeling about it is I got my dream job. I set out to be on SNL and I got to do that and I did very well,” he said. “And I love and adore and will forever have close ties and tight bonds with the brilliant, smartest, funniest people I’ve ever met in my life. So, I have no gripes at all.”
HollywoodLifers, are you sad to see them go?