And then there were 14. Saturday Night Live started downsizing its largest cast ever when Brooks Wheelan was let go Monday, and the culling continued Tuesday with the announcement that fellow first-year cast members Noël Wells and John Milhiser also won't be back.
Featured players Wells and Milhiser both joined SNL last September. Wells was previously well-known for playing Zooey Deschanel in her original webseries "Hey! The Zooey Deschanel Show," and Milhiser's improv teams appeared on The Tonight Show and Attack of the Show.
On SNL, you probably knew Wells best as Lena Dunham and Milhiser best as Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer. Neither got much time on screen, appearing in fewer than 4% of the season's sketches.
Of the six new cast members hired last season, that's three gone. Kyle Mooney and Beck Beckett are rumored to be safe (as is mid-season newcomer Sasheer Zamata), but things are still up in the air for Mike O'Brien, who worked in the writers' room for four years before becoming a featured player.
Deadline reports there have been discussions about keeping O'Brien on as a writer, if not a performer.
Nasim Pedrad, a five-season vet, is also leaving, but under different circumstances. She's slated to star in Mulaney, a Lorne Michaels-produced Fox series.