Duo depart late night TV show
Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson are off “Saturday Night Live.”Watkins departure is more surprising in that she arrived at Studio 8H in November and had a major role in the show last season, satirizing Arianna Huffington and “Today” host Hoda Kotb to favorable reviews. “I had a great time there,” Watkins told website the Comic’s Comic. “Met some of the most truly talented and fantastic people, had the most exciting job and I honestly can say I don’t have any regrets I can think of right now.” “SNL” has been shifting cast members lately. Last week New York-based Jenny Slate of the Upright Citizens Brigade and Nasim Pedrad, who performs with the Los Angeles Groundlings troupe, were added to the show. Wilson was less prominent during her stay at “SNL” and has planned to join the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood on Sept. 24. The 35th season launches Sept. 26 with Megan Fox and U2 was just added as the musical guest. In other “SNL” news, Darrell Hammond — on the show since 1995, the longest amount of time for any cast member in the history of the latenight sketch staple — said he is negotiating for a return. Announcer Don Pardo, who began in season one, has officially retired.