Well, we knew this was coming. Lorne Michaels stated there would be shakeups.
Last month, Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels stated there’d be some changes made for season 40 of the iconic sketch comedy show. It’s constantly reinventing itself, and with the cast swelling to 18 members in season 39, the idea of trimming those numbers down isn’t surprising. Usher in some new folks, maybe try to help some of the old heads out and on their way.
The first casualty of the season 40 slimdown is featured player Brooks Wheelan who will not return for his sophomore year. The comedian made the announcement via Twitter Monday night.
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
Of all of the new featured players, Wheelan definitely had the toughest go at getting screen time in their debut year. Newbies Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Mike O’Brien and Noel Wells (and later Sasheer Zamata) fared better; while John Milhiser struggled as well. But with that being said, season 39 will also go down as the biggest rebuilding year of the show in history.
So Wheelan is officially out and Nasim Pedrad pretty much stated she was out in early June. Right now, we’ll call the official count as “down 1.5 cast members.”