2 Cast Members Leaving SNL

Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam out after 6 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2016 12:03 AM CDT
In this Feb.15, 2015 photo, Taran Killam attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.    (Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – NBC says Saturday Night Live cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are exiting the show, the AP reports. Pharoah and Killam won't be back when SNL returns this fall for its 42nd season, the network said Monday. The comedians have been on the show for six seasons. Both are known for their celebrity impressions on SNL, including Pharoah's Barack Obama and Kanye West and Killam's Brad Pitt and Donald Trump—although the Trump role went to SNL announcer and former star Darrel Hammond during the past season. Killam recently told Uproxx that he isn't sure why NBC decided not to pick up the final year of his contract, but he feels lucky that he got to be a part of the show for so long. "Not feeling great leaving means that you were where you were supposed to be. And not feeling great leaving also means you didn’t overstay your welcome." (Read more Saturday Night Live stories.)

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