“Saturday Night Live” has given the boot to two more freshman cast members, and is losing one of its more recognizable players, sources confirm to Variety.
NBC has chosen not to renew the contracts of newcomers Noël Wells and John Milhiser while Nasim Pedrad, who appeared on the show for five seasons, is leaving to co-star in the new Fox comedy “Mulaney.”
“SNL” usually trims a cast member or two before its fall premiere, so the terminations aren’t a big surprise.
The news comes after Brooks Wheelan, a first-year cast member, announced on Twitter on Monday that he was fired from the show.
Wells and Milhiser are both veterans of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe and were two of six new featured players that joined “SNL” this past fall.
Pedrad, most known for her impressions of Arianna Huffington and Barbara Walters, is still in business with “SNL” exec producer Lorne Michaels. The “SNL” creator is producing her new Fox comedy, which debuts this fall.
NBC declined to comment.
The “SNL” news was first reported by Deadline.com.