Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

Longtime SNL cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh will not be returning to Saturday Night Live for Season 42.

Killam, who’s been one of the key performers in the cast, says he “was never given a reason why” he was being let go. All he knows is that NBC is not renewing his contract. So NBC is essentially telling him his services are no longer needed, which couldn’t be farther from the truth, considering he’s been one of the funniest guys in the cast for six seasons now. There’s no way the show doesn’t need a guy like Taran Killam in the cast.

It could be that NBC was being preemptive in letting Killam go, since he stated in a recent interview that he was planning on leaving anyway, with this upcoming 42nd season possibly being his last. Apparently, Killam has some outside projects he’s looking to get off the ground, including his directorial debut for the film Why We’re Killing Gunther, which has two months of post-production work that would interfere with any return for Season 42.

To his credit, there are no hard feelings from Killam, who told Uproxx, “I set out to be on ‘SNL’ and I got to do that and I did very well. 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.”

Pharaoh has made no statements yet, but I’m going to miss him every bit as much as Killam. Sure, he mostly just did impressions, but he was always uncanny and hilarious, from his take on President Obama to his spot-on Kanye West. I’m really hoping he becomes a big star off of this.

Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh Leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

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