So what does one do to get fired from Saturday Night Live after one season? The show, which is notorious for giving young comedians a head start, has fired Brooks Wheelan for undisclosed reasons. Ever the optimist, Wheelan didn’t seem to be taking it too hard, when he posted the announcement on Twitter.
Lorne Michaels has hinted at more lineup changes coming this year.
"Had a blast and loved every second of it," Wheelan tweeted. "I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"
Wheelan joined the SNL roster last year, along with a rather controversial group of comedians. The show was frequently criticised for the lack of diversity in its new cast and finally hired up and comer Sasheer Zamata early in 2014.
SNL would not comment on Wheelan's departure, with a representative explaining that the show does not discuss casting changes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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As for Whelan, the writing team began his introduction gradually, with sparse appearances on the show’s Weekend Update segment. Despite his quick departure from the show, Wheelan may still have some lofty career prospects. In the past, several SNL cast members have gotten the boot (some multiple times), only to move on to bigger and better things. The list includes people like Chris Parnell, who was let go and now has two cushy jobs on Glee and Suburgatory, as well as Jenny Slate. Slate was let go for cursing on the show in 2010. Like Wheelan, she only spent one season on SNL and now stars in the critically praised movie Obvious Child.
Meanwhile, it looks like we can look forward to another cast shakeup on SNL.