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Some people on SNL get a huge goodbye party when they leave and others get cut with no explanation. Veteran stars Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning for season 42 this fall. Taran bid adieu the show he’s been on for the last six years on Twitter, “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
But all jokes aside…Taram doesn’t fully know why he was cut—but there may have been a few scheduling conflicts. Taran spoke with website UpRoxx, “I don’t know fully. I don’t know the other side of it. You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. 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. I can assume until the cows come home.” He added that he was directing a Schwarzenegger movie had would have had two months of post-production that “would have bled into the SNL production schedule, so we kind of communicated that. 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. And then [another offer] came up. I wasn’t going to have to take any time off to do it, but it was a thing that they would have had to okay.”
Killam will best remembered for his impersonations of Matthew McConaughey, Marco Rubio—while Pharoah’s impressions of Jay-Z, Will Smith and President Obama were killer.
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