Jay Pharoah & Taran Killam Exiting “SNL”

On to better things…

After six seasons, Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are departing “Saturday Night Live” to pursue other endeavors.

Via the Hollywood Reporter:

Pharoah is best known for playing the likes of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, creating an immediate void heading into the upcoming presidential election and Obama’s last days in office. When he joined the show, he was the second-youngest black male cast member (after Eddie Murphy). When creator Michaels was the center of headlines in 2013 criticizing the long-running series over its lack of diversity — specifically black female actresses — Pharoah memorably tackled the issue head on in a sketch with Kerry Washington where the Scandal star impersonated multiple black women in the same sketch including first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Killam has also been a big player amid the current election cycle, impersonating Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, before Darrell Hammond returned to play the GOP presidential candidate. He also played Matthew McConaughey.

Jay has been keeping himself very busy touring all over the U.S. doing stand-up comedy.

Unfortunately, he was stuck in Atlanta on Monday due to Delta’s system failure. The good news is he ran into Chris Tucker, who was also stuck!




Best wishes to Jay and Taran.