'SNL' cast update: Jason Sudeikis staying, 3 new actors added
Jason Sudeikis is officially set to appear in the upcoming 38th season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" which aims to bring the funny with the addition of three new series regulars.
NBC said in a recent statement that Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong have officially signed on to join the sketch comedy series this fall as "featured players." The trio will be replacing cast members Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliot, whose departures were announced previously.
Bryant trained at the iO Theater in Chicago and also performed at the Second City improv comedy club in the city. Strong and Robinson both hail from the touring company of Second City. Both have also performed at the iO Theater.
While rumors have swirled that long-time talent Jason Sudeikis would also be leaving the show, Lorne Michaels, the show's executive producer, told The New York Times: "Jason is in."
"Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January," Michaels explained. "He's a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me."
In June 2012, it was confirmed that cast favorite Andy Samberg, along with Kristen Wiig, would not be returning in the fall. Elliot confirmed her depature in August.
"It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told the New York Times in June. "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."
Wiig, known for her role in films such as "Bridesmaids," decided to leave the show in May after seven years. She was a cast favorite and known for roles such as The Target Lady, Aunt Linda and Gilly.
Samberg joined the cast of the long-running sketch comedy show in 2005, after previously contributing as part of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island, which was also comprised of collaborators Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. He's appeared in numerous films such as "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "That's My Boy."
Season 38 of "Saturday Night Live" is set to air on Saturday, September 15 with host Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy," and musical guest Frank Ocean.