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‘Saturday Night Live’ Loses Three Cast Members

Jay Pharaoh, Taran Killam and Jon Rudnitsky All Departing

Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam, who have each been on NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” for six seasons, and Jon Rudnitsky, who joined the show just last season as a featured player, are all exiting. Pharoah, 28, and Killam, 34, are known for their celebrity impersonations: Pharoah for his Barack Obama and Jay-Z, and Killam for his Donald Trump, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, among many others. Both were let go before the end of their seven year contacts.

Rudnitsky, 26, appeared infrequently on the show but made his mark with a “Dirty Dancing” parody in February.

“I sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year,” Killam told website Uproxx. “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.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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