Taran Killam, a six-season veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and one of its best-known and more versatile players, has been cut from the show. He confirmed his exit in an interview with the website Uproxx.
Jay Pharoah, one of the standout “SNL” impressionists who joined in 2010, also has been let go.
Asked “what happened,” Killam told Uproxx: “I don’t know fully . . . You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. 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. I can assume until the cows come home. But I do know I’m directing this movie [‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger] and I’ll have two months of postproduction that would have bled into the ‘SNL’ production schedule, so we kind of communicated that.”
Nevertheless, “SNL” cast members have been known (you may have heard) to moonlight over the years, or rather over the decades. Therefore, count this firing, along with Pharoah’s, as a genuine “SNL” shocker. According to reports, “SNL” confirmed both departures.