The Saturday Night Live bloodletting continues. In the wake of TVLine’s scoop that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah would not be returning for Season 42, an NBC spokesperson also confirms that featured player Jon Rudnitsky has been let go.
Rudnitsky — who joined the late-night institution last fall — lingered largely in the background of Season 41 until the Larry David-hosted Feb. 6 installment, in which he interrupted Weekend Update with a Dirty Dancing parody. Rudnitsky also served up an Anderson Cooper impression, during a debate sketch, that earned criticism from Andy Cohen as being “queened-up.”
NBC isn’t commenting on the reason for the mass exodus, but in an interview late Monday Killam intimated that he was fired, telling Uproxx that SNL boss Lorne Michaels inexplicably decided not to pick up the final year of his seven-season contract. “I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract,” he said. “I was never given a reason why, really.”
Early Tuesday, Killam cheekily addressed his ouster on Twitter, writing, “A big thank you for all the Love from my fans. Lorne was kind enough to understand I needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated @RamsNFL.”