Taran Killam’s fans are Surprised for His Early Exit from Saturday Night Live



It is confirmed on Monday that Killiam would not be returning for season 42 of the NBC sketch comedy series who was on the show for six seasons. His fans are surprised considering as he had another year left on his contract.

Taran Hourie Killam is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, and writer. He is best known for his television work on shows such as The Amanda Show, Wild ‘n Out, Mad TV, and Saturday Night Live.

On September 25, 2010, Killam joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 36th season, making him the second Nickelodeon veteran (after Kenan Thompson) to join SNL and the second SNL cast member who was previously a cast member on the sketch show MAD tv (after Jeff Richards). Killam has named Eddie Murphy as his favorite SNL cast member and Arcade Fire as his favorite musical guest. Killam was let go from his SNL contract on August 8, 2016.

In an interview with Killam on his early departure from SNL, he said,

“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’ll have two months of post-production that would have bled into the SNL production schedule, so we kind of communicated that,” he said.

He added, “I honestly don’t know what happened on the other side, but I do know we had expressed I have work on this film and in bonding this picture, that has to get cleared with SNL. And then [another offer] came up. I wasn’t going to have to take any time off to do it, but it was a thing that they would have had to okay.”

Killam also said he is “so grateful” for his six years on the show. “…My feeling about it is I got my dream job. I set out to be on SNL and I got to do that and I did very well,” he said. “And I love and adore and will forever have close ties and tight bonds with the brilliant, smartest, funniest people I’ve ever met in my life. So, I have no gripes at all. I am so, so, so lucky to have been given the time I’ve been given.

He later added, “It’s always hard and sad to say goodbye, but it feels like an appropriate time and I am so, so grateful to have been a cast member on Saturday Night Live.”

Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah both are leaving from Saturday Night Live. So far, SNL has yet to announce any new cast members for season 42.

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