Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh Not Returning to SNL
Live from New York, two of our Saturday Night Live favorites are leaving and we don’t know what to do! After six seasons on New York’s comedy crown jewel, SNL stars Jay Pharaoh and Taran Killam will be exiting the show, Vulture reports. In an interview with Uproxx, Killam explained that despite being under contract to do a seventh season, the show had not asked him back for its 42nd year.
Killam said: “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. I was never given a reason why, really.”
“My feeling about it is I got my dream job,” Killam continued. “I set out to be on SNL and I got to do that and I did very well.”
Killam’s going to have a busy year despite the end to his SNL career. He’ll be making his directorial debut with Why We’re Killing Gunther, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Pharaoh, meanwhile, will be performing standup across the country.
Both comedians were favorites on the show: Pharaoh known for his impressions of Jay-Z and Barack Obama, Killam appearing in many of the best sketches each week. They’ll be sorely missed on Saturday nights.
Check out some of their best moments below.