‘SNL’ Shocker: Michaela Watkins Fired

Sep 8, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Michaela Watkins, who last season made quite an impression doing impersonations of Arianna Huffington and Hoda Kotb on "Saturday Night Live," has been fired, EW.com says.

EW’s Michael Ausiello interviewed Watkins about the firing:

"EW: What explanation did [show creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels] give you?

WATKINS: The only explanation I got from him — and he’s not known to say things just to make people feel better — was that he felt deep down that I should have my own show. And I agreed. SNL was a dream come true for me. It was a fantastic year. I don’t have any regrets.

EW: Lorne fired you because he thought you were good enough to get your own show? What am I missing here?

WATKINS: You tell me. I honestly don’t know. What he said is he’s trying to get what’s best for him and best for me. He said it had nothing to do with talent. And I’m just going to go on that. That was his only explanation. He’s looking at the whole mix of the show and maybe he feels that what I bring would be better served on a sitcom. They hired two new gals [Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad] that I think are going to be exquisite."

Casey Wilson isn’t coming back this season either.

The return of longtime cast member Darrell Hammond remains up in the air; he said he is negotiating for his return.

–Elizabeth Jensen and Chuck Ross


  1. It’s Michael Ausiello.

  2. Mr. Ross What has SNL ratings been post election? Its all about ratings right?

  3. thanks…we’ve fixed the typo in Michael’s last name.

    Chuck Ross
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