Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam tweeted this morning about his exit from the show:
Last night, Killam, who is directing and writing the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther, was quoted in an interview on website Uproxx saying the decision to end his run on the NBC late-night show caught him by surprise. Asked what happened, Killam told the site, “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 noted in the interview he is directing the Schwarzenegger movie and will have two months of post-production that “would have bled into the SNL production schedule, so we kind of communicated that.”
NBC’s Saturday Night Live will return without both Killam and Jay Pharoah this coming season, NBC confirmed last night. The network said the six-season veterans are leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Killam has been SNL‘s utility player for much of his run, and has played everyone from Steve Doocy and Paul Ryan to, perhaps most famously, Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey.