After firing a featured player earlier this week, “Saturday Night Live” is scrapping three more players as the late-night show goes through an “annual cast changeover,” Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.
First-year actors are the most affected by the latest changes, with the contracts of Noel Wells and John Milhiser not being renewed, the story notes. They follow Brooks Wheelan, another first-year actor, who exited this week.
Also leaving the show is veteran Nasim Pedrad, who is departing after five seasons. Pedrad will take on a role in Fox’s “Mulaney,” which is executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels.
Another potential change concerns Michael Patrick O’Brien, who debuted as a featured player in the most recent season after serving as a writer for four years. He may return to the writing staff, or continue with an on-air presence, Andreeva writes, noting that some believe he has a chance to co-host “Weekend Update.”
Andreeva adds: “The first year on ‘SNL’ is considered a boot camp, in which new cast members have a season to make a mark. This past year was particularly tough following the departure of six seasoned male cast members at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The show brought in a whopping six new cast members in the fall: Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Milhiser, Wells, Wheelan and O’Brien, plus another one, Sasheer Zamata, in January.”