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Lorne Michaels on "SNL" shake-up: "If you don’t keep making changes you don’t change"

Lorne Michaels gave THR a vague explanation for the departures of veteran castmembers Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah


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Taylor Link
October 1, 2016 12:12AM (UTC)

In a recent sit down with The Hollywood Reporter, "Saturday Night Live" showrunner Lorne Michaels provided a curious explanation for his decision to release veterans Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah from their contracts.

"I love Taran, I love Jay, I think they’re both super talented. They’ve both been here six years. And if you don’t keep making changes you don’t change," Michaels said. "Put it this way. Chevy Chase was there for a year-and-a-half. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd were there for four years. Jimmy Fallon was there for five years."

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Six years on a live variety show — a show with an incredibly high turnover rate — is nothing to sneer at. But it's not like the legendary players Michaels listed left the show because they overstayed their welcome.

Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd launched lucrative movie careers when they departed "SNL." Jimmy Fallon was offered the hosting role for NBC's "Late Night," which triggered his exit.

"There are decisions that you intuitively come to, that now we have to do something different, that’s all," Michaels said.

On Monday, "SNL" announced the addition of three new featured players for the upcoming season, set to debut October 1. Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villasenor will help replace Killam and Pharoah.


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