August 9, 2016


Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam Leave 'Saturday Night Live'

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Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam will not be returning to Saturday Night Live for its 42nd season when it premieres this fall. So that leaves us with the question: Who will do President Obama impersonations for us? And on second thought, Obama will be out of office soon anyway, so actually Pharoah's timing is impeccable.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the two comedians are leaving the show after six seasons each. For Killam, the departure was kind of unexpected. He told Uproxx that SNL decided not to pick up the last year of his seven-year 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.”

Without SNL, Killam will be able to focus on his directorial debut, Why We're Killing Gunther, which will star Arnold Schwarzenegger. He told Uproxx:

“I honestly don’t know what happened on the other side, but I do know we had expressed I have work on this film and in bonding this picture, that has to get cleared with SNL. My feeling about it is I got my dream job. I set out to be on SNL and I got to do that and I did very well. And I love and adore and will forever have close ties and tight bonds with the brilliant, smartest, funniest people I’ve ever met in my life. So, I have no gripes at all.”

No word on Pharoah's departure, but we know that the upcoming SNL season will feature a lot less Jay ZWill Smith and Matthew McConaughey impressions.