SNL cuts 2 female cast members

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Saturday Night Live has cut a cast member just a day after word of two new hires became public.

Michaela Watkins’ publicist confirmed Friday that Watkins’ contract was not renewed by the sketch comedy show. NBC declined to comment.

The news was first reported by the Web site Comic’s Comic. The site also reported that cast member Casey Wilson had been cut from the show. Wilson’s manager and her agent didn’t immediately return calls and e-mails for comment.

Watkins joined the program last fall as a featured cast member. Wilson joined SNL in 2008 after the Hollywood writers strike.

On Thursday, a person close to the show confirmed that comedians Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad (NAH’-seem PEH’-drad) have joined the show.

Editor’s Note: Saturday Night Live premieres with Season 35 on Sept. 26.