“Saturday Night Live” cast member Brooks Wheelan was fired from the NBC series after one season, he revealed Monday.
As Wheelan, 27, wrote on Twitter:
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
“SNL” has not commented on Wheelan’s alleged departure, but instead told the New York Daily News they do not respond to "casting rumors or changes."
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Wheelan shouldn’t take being fired from the comedy show to heart, if it’s true. Now he’s in the same company as Robert Downey Jr., Billy Crystal and Jenny Slate, all of whom got the ax after just one season on the show.
His departure could lead to other opportunities, and he even received support from director Judd Apatow, who’s known for hits like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” on Twitter.
"Rock on friend!" Apatow wrote, in part. Wheelan responded that he would like to appear in the “Ironman” reboot in 2021 and the “Chaplin” reboot in 2032.
.@brookswheelan you will have the Robert Downey Jr. post SNL career! (minus the painful drug addiction). Rock on friend!
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 15, 2014
The show is apparently shaking up its cast for its landmark 40th season, with Nasim Pedrad, who impersonated Kim Kardashian on the sitcom, reportedly leaving after five seasons with “SNL.” Now she’s starring on the Fox show “Mulaney.”
Season 39 of “SNL” had a lot of new additions, aside from Wheelan, including Beck Bennett, Noel Wells, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, John Milhiser and Sasheer Zamata, who joined midseason.
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