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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Three Featured Players

Saturday Night Live” said it would add three featured players to its cast, restoring the company to full strength after three members of the group left at the end of the long-running series 42nd season.

NBC said Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd would join the program, augmenting a pool of featured players that also includes Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor. Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson will all return for the new season, as will announcer Darrell Hammond.

Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata left the cast at the end of the previous season, which was one of “SNL’s” most watched in decades.

Gardner comes to the show from the Groundlings improv troupe. Null is a Chicago-based comedian. And Redd is a comedian and rapper who recently performed at Chicago’s Second City.

New writers who will join the show for the 43rd season include: Sam Jay; Gary Richardson; Erik Marino; Andrew Dismukes; Steven Castillo; Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel.

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