NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which recently severed ties with one of its proposed new cast members, has promoted two of its featured players to full cast members. Writing on Deadline, Nellie Andreeva reports that the show promoted Heidi Gardner and Chris Redd.
The moves come after the show dropped Shane Gillis over his prior use of a racial slur. Gillis had been hired for the upcoming season along with Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman.
“It has become customary for ‘SNL’ to promote the featured players who have made it to their third year on the show,” Andreeva notes. “Gardner and Redd were two of three new ‘SNL’ feature players added in September 2017, along with Luke Null, who was not picked up for a second season.
“Last fall, Gardner and Redd were joined by Ego Nwodim, who will be heading into her second season as a featured player.”