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Nasim Pedrad Kinda Just Fired Herself From The Next Season Of Saturday Night Live

Nasim Pedrad as Kim Kardashian on Saturday Night Live whoopsies I got divorced(via)

No casting decisions for the next season of Saturday Night Live have been officially announced yet, but Nasim Pedrad pretty much just took herself out of the running.

It’s not that she’d be leaving on bad terms or anything, and this is kind of an expected thing anyway, since she plays one of the lead roles on Mulaney, an upcoming FOX comedy created by former SNL writer John Mulaney. It’s just weird the way she came out with it, at an ATX Television Festival panel.

According to Buzzfeed, who had a writer present, Nasim said she didn’t think she’d be returning for the show’s fortieth season in the fall:

“I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love this show so much. I have an apartment in L.A. and, as far as I know, I’m in L.A. now.”

That’s such an odd way to announce it, right? If she was making the decision herself, I feel like she would’ve said, “Yup, I decided not to go back so I can focus on Mulaney”. But the fact that she leaves it up in the air like that makes it sound like she’s leaving it up to the show to decide whether to invite her back. Like she’s assuming she’ll be removed from the cast, since she already had reduced air time this past season, but she’s half holding out hope that they’ll invite her back and half wishing that they’ll let her go.

Regardless, a weird way to make an announcement like this, especially after only five years on the show. Guess we’ll see how it plays out, and they better start looking now for someone who can play Kim Kardashian! Or else hope that Kanye West makes good on his threat to keep her off reality TV now that they’re married.

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  • Jon

    Mulaney is executive produced by Lorne Michaels

    SNL is executive produced by Lorne Michaels.

    The fact that she’s allowed to get out of her 7-year SNL contract early means Lorne really likes her.

    So if she wanted to come back — if Mulaney is canceled — I doubt he’d refuse.

    But it is really hard to spend 60-80 hours per week on a sitcom in Los Angeles, while working 60-80 hours per week on SNL in New York

  • ouMarc Viquez

    Wow! Has it been 7-years since she arrived on SNL? She does not get used enough and some of her sketches where she is the main character have been great, but there is such a log jam of people on the show that Lorne needs to unload some of the talent. I wish her best, since she was underappreciated on the show.