'Saturday Night Live' loses three more cast members

Noel Wells and John Milhiser are leaving “Saturday Night Live,” sources said Tuesday, a day after Monday's departure of fellow former freshman player Brooks Wheelan.

Nasim Pedrad is also exiting the sketch comedy show, but her departure comes in part to her commitment to Fox comedy “Mulaney," which will be produced by "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Wells and Milhiser are both veterans of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe and were two of six new featured players that joined "SNL" this past fall.

Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Mike O'Brien were also brought in last season. Colin Jost replaced Seth Meyers behind the “Weekend Update” desk mid-season. Other casting decisions are expected in August.

This past season saw some of the highest turnover in the NBC comedy show's storied history. New cast members were somewhat overshadowed by a midseason media drama, which saw “SNL” getting grief for the lack of a black women in its cast. Following several under-wraps audition processes, Sasheer Zamata was hired. Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes — also black women from the auditions — were brought on as writers.

“Saturday Night Live” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this upcoming season, with a special three-hour special set to air in February 2015 to commemorate the event.

TheWrap.com, Variety

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