‘Saturday Night Live’ Confirms Season 42 Cast After Cutting Taran Killam & Jay Pharaoh
SNL will be returning to NBC this coming fall, but will be leaving some cast members behind.
SNL CONFIRMS CAST OF UPCOMING SEASON 42
Those not returning to the show are Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh, who appeared for six years, and Jon Rudnitsky, who appeared for one. Among those returning for the show’s 42nd season are Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, and Sasheer Zamata. Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will be back, as will Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson and Beck Bennett.
A few SNL cast members stayed active during the show’s offseason: McKinnon and Jones starred in the Ghostbusters reboot film this summer, while Jost and Che hosted special Weekend Update segments as Today show correspondents during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
The show have also promoted writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider to co-head writers. The duo created such sketches as “The Beygency,” “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” and “Bar Talk.” Kelly has previously written episodes of popular comedy series Broad City, and Schneider is known for her work at CollegeHumor.
There is yet to be news on how this change will affect last season’s co-headwriters Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker. SNL has also not yet announced the season 42 premiere date or if there will be any new additions to the cast.