SNL confirms cast returns for season 42
Taran Killam, Jay Pharaoh, and Jon Rudnitsky won’t return to Studio 8H for season 42 of Saturday Night Live this fall, but the show’s remaining cast is still on board.
Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, and Vanessa Bayer are among the cast members back for the NBC sketch comedy stalwart, the network confirmed to EW on Tuesday. Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che are slated back, as are Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, and Sasheer Zamata.
It was a big summer for many in the SNL cast: McKinnon and Jones appeared in Ghostbusters (and Jones parlayed her Olympics viewing in an official invite to the summer games from NBC). Jost and Che, meanwhile, hosted Weekend Update segments during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in July as special Today show correspondents.
SNL will also be rolling with new co-head writers, with the promotion of Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The duo has written sketches such as “The Beygency,” “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” and “Bar Talk.”
Killam and Pharoah departed after six seasons on the show, while Rudnitsky lasted only one.
Splitsider first reported the news.