The day after it was announced that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah would be leaving SNL, Deadline is announcing that featured player Jon Rudnitsky will also exit. Based on the Uproxx interview with Taran Killam, it doesn’t seem like any of the departures were exactly mutual. This seems, possibly, like a Lorne Michaels shake-up, and with the departure of three men, it nearly evens out the numbers, with 7 male and six female cast members.
Rudnitsky never really caught on during his year as a cast member. He did have a “queened-up” Anderson Cooper impersonation that was not popular with many, including Anderson Cooper, and even before he started on the show, he was singled out for sexist comments.
The move is not exactly upsetting SNL fans, and assuming that no one else is brought in this season, it does give the show more time to focus on their stronger players, like Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Pete Davidson.
Meanwhile, Kenan Thompson and Bobby Moynihan — who have been with the show for 13 and eight years, respectively — continue to live on in Lorne Michaels’ good graces.