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Jon Rudnitsky Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' After Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam Departures

by Alex Ungerman 10:20 AM PDT, August 09, 2016
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The SNL shakeup continues.

Saturday Night Live player Jon Rudnitsky is leaving the show following just one year on the cast, ET can confirm.

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The departure news comes right on the heels of the long-running comedy variety show losing two of its veterans, Jay Pharoah, and Taran Killam -- who was one year from completing his seven-year contract.

Sources from SNL confirm to ET that Pharoah and Killam's contracts weren't renewed, adding that both of them left on good terms with EP Lorne Michaels, and NBC.

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"It was nothing they did. It was a Lorne decision," one source says. "He's shaking the cast up a bit. New season, new changes. Most of the cast didn't know they were leaving until the news broke online."

Killam tweeted some levity to his followers on Tuesday, "A big thank you for all the Love from my fans. Lorne was kind enough to understand I needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated @RamsNFL."

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"I don’t know fully [what happened]. I don’t know the other side of it," Killam told Uproxx about his departure. "I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really. I can assume until the cows come home."

Pharoah has yet to speak out about leaving the show, and it has not been announced who will be replacing the outgoing castmembers when SNL returns to NBC this fall.

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