One freshman cast member of “Saturday Night Live” will not be returning for the 40th season.
Brooks Wheelan has been fired from the show. The 27-year-old tweeted the news on Monday to his 32,000 followers.
An NBC rep said the network does not comment on “SNL” casting changes.
Wheelan made his name as a stand-up comedian before exec producer Lorne Michael picked him up for the show’s 39th season. He was best known on “SNL” for his recurring roles on Weekend Update, in which he appeared as himself to advise against irresponsible behavior.
His repertoire of celebrity impressions included Jared Leto, Kid Rock, Matthew McConaughy, Harry Styles and Slash.
The Iowa native was one of many new players brought on in a season that saw an unusually high number of newcomers. The fates of fellow freshmen Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Noel Wells, Mike O’Brien, and Sasheer Zamata have yet to be announced.