Brooks Wheelan, one of the six original new hires for the 2013-2014 season on Saturday Night Live was fired from the late-sketch show. Wheelan announced his removal from the show via Twitter on Monday evening writing, "Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!" Even though it's a shame to see the guy go, at least he's going out with style and good humor. Wheelan is the first cast member to be let go from the previous season, but more casting announcements are going to be made in August.
Wheelan started last September with Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien John Milhiser, and Noel Wells. The group came on to a tumultuous start when Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live were criticized for their lack of racial and gender diversity in their new featured players. Sasheer Zamata was brought on halfway through the season in response to the public disapproval of the new cast. Considering her strong showing and memorable characters, I have a feeling Zamata is here to stay in Studio 8H.
Wheelan came on to Saturday Night Live as a last-minute decision by Michaels for the show's 39th season. Wheelan is a best-known for his stand-up and though he only lasted one season on SNL, I have a feeling we'll be seeing plenty more from him.