Coming a day after Brooks Wheelan tweeted about being fired from Saturday Night Live, Deadline is reporting that both Noël Wells and John Milhiser will not be returning to the series for its 40th season either. The article is also confirming what most had speculated about Nasim Pedrad officially leaving the show to join Mulaney, a sitcom from former SNL writer John Mulaney, set to make its debut this fall on Fox.
The article also makes mention of Michael Patrick O’Brien’s future on the show being unclear. O’Brien had written on SNL for four years before joining the cast as a featured player in the 39th season. It has not been confirmed if he will continue to stay in front of the camera or if he will return to his writing duties exclusively.
I am unapologetically still a fan of Saturday Night Live and thought there was a lot to enjoy in throughout the tumultuous 2013-14 season. That being said, it did become clear that a lot of the players who will not be returning had failed to make their mark in their debut season. While SNL patriarch Lorne Michaels is making alterations to the cast, I also really and truly hope that he reconsiders the two people sitting behind the “Weekend Update” desk. I love Cecily Strong and think she’s wildly talented (good lord I miss her “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With at a Party” character) but she has yet to have an easy “Update” segment even when Seth Meyers was still on the show. As lovely as she and her co-anchor (and head writer) Colin Jost seem to be, they have zero chemistry. My recommendation would be to switch these things up ASAP. “Update” used to be one of the most consistently funny parts of the show and has become a real weak point since losing Meyers to Late Night in the middle of last season.
What do you all think? Do you still enjoy SNL? Are you surprised at the departures that have been announced over the last few days? Tell us in the comments section!