Taran Killam Responds To Being Fired From “SNL,” Jokes About Needing Job

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Taran Killam Fired SNL

By Shari Weiss

Taran Killam Fired SNL

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Taran Killam is leaving “Saturday Night Live,” it was revealed on Monday night. Now on Tuesday morning, he’s already making jokes about his unexpected departure.

Killam’s surprising exit comes after six seasons with the NBC sketch comedy series, and while he still had one year left on his contract. While it was initially said that he was departing to pursue other opportunities, he was actually let go. And, according to him, the firing was without explanation.

He tweeted on Tuesday, “A big thank you for all the Love from my fans.” Then, referring to “SNL” mastermind Lorne Michaels, he sarcastically added, “Lorne was kind enough to understand I needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated @RamsNFL.” Killam went on to trade funny tweets with Michael Ian Black about his career prospects.

“I’m doing a showcase for some commercial agents next month — maybe you’d like to do a monologue?” Black asked, prompting Killam to reply, “will there be any print reps. I think I could do well in print.” Black, however, went on to reveal that it wouldn’t exactly be a paying gig.

He amusingly tweeted, “Fee to perform is $75, cash or money order.” In actuality, Killam plans to focus on directing the film Why We’re Killing Gunther. Also leaving “SNL” ahead of its 42nd season are fellow regular Jay Pharoah and featured player Jon Rudnitsky. Like Killam, they were also let go.

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