The number of female regulars in the show is back to four with the departures of Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson.
There was apparently a big reason in the addition of two female comediennes, Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad, to "Saturday Night Live" cast. The variety show is subtracting two of its female regulars, Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins, so that Slate and Pedrad can move in.
First reported by The Comic's Comic, the dismissal is verified by Watkins herself who wrote an email to the site. "I will say to you now, though, that I had a GREAT time there. 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. Although it seems kinda crazy right now, this may shake out to make sense to everyone," she wrote.
She continued, "[Executive Producer] Lorne [Michaels] isn't known for indulging in any lip-service and I feel very encouraged by his words last week. I'm working on something I'm very excited about now, so... the journey continues, and I feel so lucky I got to stop off at 30 Rock. It was awesome."
Watkins revealed more about the reason of her departure to EW, saying that Michaels dismissed her because he thought she is good enough to have her show. "What he said is he's trying to get what's best for him and best for me. He said it had nothing to do with talent. And I'm just going to go on that. That was his only explanation," she recalled.
Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson in fact will not appear effectively in the upcoming season. But they have done several skits and pre-taped parodies which may be included in the show later when it premieres on September 26.