Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an iconic show. In its 41 years of existence, it has become a prominent feature of America’s entertainment landscape. Nobody has been spared in its skits. From the rich and the famous to the powerful, everybody is made fun of on SNL. To be featured on SNL means you have made it in life. Two artists who have contributed hugely towards making SNL a cultural cornerstone are Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. So, the question on everybody’s lips is, “Why are Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah leaving Saturday Night Live?”
Unfortunately, the news is true. Both Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah are leaving the show that made them household names in America. Both have confirmed that they will not be returning for the 42nd season of SNL. Their contracts have not been renewed. Killam says he has not been informed why he is not being brought back for the show. Neither does Jay Pharoah know why he has not been asked to come back after this season.
Killam joined SNL in 2010 and his act has earned him a big fan following. His impersonations of Brad Pitt, Michael Cera, Paul Ryan, and Senator Ted Cruz have made him a must-watch artist. He has also impersonated Donald Trump on the show.
Being Big Stars
Pharoah too has regaled audiences with his comedy acts. He has done impersonations of actors like Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Eddie Murphy. He has also impersonated Barack Obama on the show and has been on the SNL roster for the last six years.
A Time for Renewal?
Both these artists have been told that their contracts will not be renewed for the next season. However, this kind of thing is nothing new for SNL. SNL has a long history of not getting back even star performers in order to refresh their talent pool. Sometimes the artists themselves have left because they were keen on a career in films or other entertainment platforms. Both Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell are two names that come to mind. Maybe it’s not a bad thing for Killam and Pharoah to not be with SNL any more. This could be the start of good and new things for both of them.