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Saturday Night Live to have more cast changes, says Lorne Michaels

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Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels has hinted that more cast changes can be expected in the coming months.

Last season saw Sasheer Zamata added to the featured cast after an outcry about a lack of African-American women on the show, and Nasim Pedrad has hinted that she will leave SNL for the Fox sitcom Mulaney.

Lorne Michaels, 2013 Peabody Awards

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Michaels recently acknowledged that Saturday Night Live has yet to fully adapt to the losses of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen last year.

"We lost four leading men at the end of last season, Fred and Bill and Andy [Samberg] and Jason, all of whom were very seasoned, very strong cast," he told Deadline. "We lost Kristen [Wiig] the year before. All have been here a long time, and you get used to how good people are."

He continued: "Losing the fifth leading man in Seth [Meyers in February to host Late Night] was a hard thing, in the middle of a season, because there's only one other time in the 39 years that we ever changed 'Update' in the middle of a season, and that was Norm Macdonald to Colin Quinn.

"That was more because a whole other set of reasons, but I think that that made it a much harder thing, in addition to having to focus on launching Jimmy [Fallon] and launching Seth. But SNL, we put a lot of pressure, a lot of new people. It was a hard season."

Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata

Nasim Pedrad attends the FOX 2014 Programming Presentation at the FOX Fanfront

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Nasim Pedrad


Michaels added that more casting announcements will be made in the coming months.

"We're still in the middle of rebuilding. So, there will be changes this year," he explained.

Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a primetime cast reunion special in 2015.
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