Brooks Wheelan's run at Saturday Night Live has ended after one season, the comedian tweeted on Monday. The 27-year-old stand-up from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, broke the news in an announcement made to his 32,000 Twitter followers.
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"Had a blast and loved every second of it," Wheelan wrote. "I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"
A source close to Saturday Night Live confirms to THR that Wheelan will not return. The fate of other cast members' future with the sketch series has not yet been determined. Additional decisions are expected to come in August.
Wheelan was a last-minute addition to the Season 39 cast of the venerable NBC sketch comedy show, the sixth featured player added to the series during one of the most ambitious casting overhauls in its history.
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The Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian had little experience doing character work??or sketch comedy when executive producer Lorne Michaels chose him for the cast -- a fact even Wheelan openly joked about during his final audition, according to sources in attendance.
With Wheelan's future at SNL??decided, fate now hangs in the balance for the six other Season 39 freshmen -- Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noel Wells,??Mike O'Brien (who spent several seasons in the writers room) and Sasheer Zamata (who was added mid-season after a public outcry over a lack of racial diversity).
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The 2013-14 season was one of seismic changes for SNL. Beyond the cast additions, longtime head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers left mid-season to take over as host of Late Night, replaced behind the Update desk by his head-writer successor, Colin Jost.
And Nasim Pedrad, who joined in 2009, is expected to leave this season to star in the upcoming Fox sitcom Mulaney.
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