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Jay Pharoah & Taran Killam Are NOT Returning To Saturday Night Live — So What Happened?

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Saturday Night Live has dropped two of its longtime cast members!

On Monday, it was confirmed that Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam will not be returning to the NBC sketch show for its 42nd season as the twosome will be pursuing "other opportunities". Whoa.

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As you surely know, both Jay and Taran have been with SNL for six seasons and have created countless memorable characters. Mr. Pharoah alone has famously impersonated Barack Obama, Jay Z, Dr. Ben Carson, Will Smith, etc. Not to mention, Killam is best known for his impersonations of Matthew McConaughey, Marco Rubio, and more.

If you're baffled as to why Lorne Michaels would dump two of the show's seasoned vets, you're totally not alone! In fact, not long after the departure news hit the media, Taran opened up to Uproxx about his shocking exit. He dished:

"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."

Ouch. Getting fired is never easy.

Although, The Heat actor's contract may not have been picked up due to the feature film he's directing, named Why We're Killing Gunther. Also, Killam mentioned the movie's post-production process was set to overlap with the variety show's production schedule. Hmm, curiouser and curiouser!

Taran continued:

"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."

Huh. Nonetheless, the 34-year-old doesn't seem to be resentful towards NBC or Lorne as he concluded:

"…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."

Well said. It'll certainly be inneresting to see if Jay also takes the high road

[Image via WENN.]

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