Ax falls at “Saturday Night Live”


UPDATE: As you can read below, comments left by Scribe Vibe readers report that it wasn’t just some staffers at “SNL” who were laid off, it was “everybody” on the show. On Friday, NBC sources denied that the show’s scribes had been formally terminated; but obviously we’ll do some more digging.

Bad news for “Saturday Night Live” staffers.

It’s understood that pinkslips were handed out to many, if not all, staffers today in light of the fact that the show hasn’t produced a fresh seg since Nov. 3. An NBC rep declined comment on the layoffs, which have become a sad fact of life for employees of the many shows that have gone dark during the past few weeks.

–Cynthia Littleton

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  1. from fandom says:

    I was finally able to find a second post about this (
    Now, I have questions:
    What does this mean, exactly? I know it means that a boatload of people have lost their jobs with no notice, but do they get those jobs back when the strike ends? If so, why lay them off now, when negotiations will be starting back in a week? If Jay & Conan’s staff are being let go with two-weeks notice and severance, why wasn’t SNL? Is there something else going on here? Is the show cancelled forever?
    (Also, as a rhetorical question, why is this information only available here and on the NY Post’s gossip section – shouldn’t a layoff of this magnitude warrant coverage elsewhere? It took way too much effort to find two sources for this.)

  2. Stryker says:

    Also, not sure what “formally terminated” means, but if it means that the company you worked for turns off your NBC id, your blackberry, your corporate email, your health benefits, and ceases to pay you, then, yeah, everyone at SNL has been formally terminated.

  3. angrytortoise says:

    Thanks for FINALLY mentioning SNL. I was beginning to think no one gave two shits about one of late night’s largest staffs even though SNL is so far the only late night show to actually suffer from the massive, entire staff lay off that has been looming over (in speculation and rumors) all these shows. This isn’t hyperbole either, literally the entire staff was fired. The 17th and 8th floors of 30 Rock are ghost towns.

  4. madturtle says:

    It isn’t only the lower-level staffers who got laid off at SNL. Every single person who worked at SNL was laid off, both staff and freelance from every department.

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