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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.”