NBC’s late-night sketch staple “Saturday Night Live” is shaking things up as it closes in on the Oct. 3 premiere of the show’s 41st season.
Entertainment Weekly reports that five of the show’s writers are out and six newcomers will take their spots.
“EW has learned that Mike O’Brien, a one-season featured player and writing vet, has left the show, along with four other scribes: Nick Rutherford, Natasha Rothwell, Alison Rich, and Claire Mulaney,” the publication reports. “O’Brien popped on the show in season 39 in 2013 and returned for the 40th anniversary. Of his notable sketches, O’Brien penned ‘Monster Pals,’ which featured James Franco, and ‘The Jay Z Story,’ which comically and inaccurately recounts how the rapper made his bones. (For one, O’Brien played Jay.)”
The show is filling the void with Upright Citizens Brigade veterans Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green and Will Stephen; ex-David Letterman contributors Paul Masella and Chris Belair; and stand-up Dave Sirus.