According to the SNL website, season 39 writers Will Clagett, Leslie Jones, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, LaKendra Tookes, and Mike O’Brien will not be officially returning to the writing staff.
At 20, Davidson is the 3rd youngest cast member in the history of ‘SNL,’ after Anthony Michael Hall who was 17 and Eddie Murphy who was 19. He ties Robert Downey Jr. who was also 20.
Deadline is also reporting that Mike O’Brien will return to just being a writer and that Davidson is the only new hire for this year.
A formal announcement is forthcoming.
Comic’s Comic is reporting that Davidson, 20, will be one of two SNL cast announcements that could come as soon as today.
Cecily Strong addresses leaving “Weekend Update” | Variety
SNL Weekend Update host Cecily Strong has apparently been demoted and will be replaced at the anchor desk this season by a new cast member and former writer on the show.
Replace Colin Jost. If SNL needs to do one thing right it’s replace Colin Jost who has absolutely no idea how to deliver a joke. Cecily Strong is SNL’s strongest performer current, what a bad creative move for the show.
It’s not a demotion. It’s because she’s their strongest performer that she’s been taken off the desk. (She requested to be moved.) Her talents are better suited elsewhere. I’m not saying she’s at this exact level, but imagine if Will Ferrell or Kristen Wiig did Update. She was being beyond wasted behind the desk.
Colin Jost only hosted for a handful of episodes, and in my opinion, didn’t really get a fair shake because he was stepping directly into Seth Meyers’ role. I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt with a new partner and a new season.
Also that “new cast member” not mentioned here is ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Michael Che. Who has been an ‘SNL’ writer for a year and has a strong creative relationship with Jost.
It kind of boggles my mind that people are so up in arms about Cecily and not even discussing how it’s the first Black ‘Update’ host in the show’s 40-year history.
I wrote this!
'The Daily Show' correspondent, comedian and 'SNL' writer will man the desk with Colin Jost. Cecily Strong asked to be taken off to have more opportunity to appear in sketches.
Lorne Michaels also told the Times there will be 2 cast additions and that instead of 10 PM reruns of the previous week’s show, this year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary, they’ll be showing classic episodes in their entirety.
Bill Murray rumor turned out to not be true, but Silverman has been tapped. Her musical guest will be NBC shills Maroon 5. Ariana Grande will support Pratt.
And I turned out to be way more right back in August.