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Well, so much for my theory that the Saturday Night Live blood-letting (read: staff-letting) was over after Monday’s news that newbie featured player Brooks Wheelan had been fired after just one season on the sketch comedy series. Deadline reports that fellow featured players Noël Wells and John Milhiser will also not be returning for the show’s fortieth season come this fall, bringing the current axing total up to three. As Deadline reminds us, “the first year on SNL is considered a boot camp, in which new cast members have a season to make a mark. This past year was particularly tough.” The thirty-ninth season saw the addition of seven new featured players, bloating the cast and kind of making it seem like a real sink or swim situation for the new kids. Apparently, about half of them sank. The outlet also confirms news we’ve known for weeks, that star Nasim Pedrad will not be back on the show after five strong seasons, as the comedienne is dedicating her full talents to former SNL writer John Mulaney‘s new Fox show, Mulaney, which will debut this fall. (Fun fact: did you know that Mulaney’s little sister, Claire Mulaney, joined SNL‘s writing staff last year?) So we’re down four now. Will it ever end? 

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UPDATED: The Playlist shares that this story has now been debunked. Boo. Recently Cinema Blend was invited to join director Paul Feig at a dinner meant to serve the boring purpose of promoting the release of Feig’s latest comedy, The Heat, on home video. Fortunately for us, their intrepid reporter refused to let an interesting opportunity slip away while talk stuck solely on director’s commentaries and gag reels, and instead managed to turn the focus of conversation to things Feig will be doing in the future. A couple of juicy tidbits were revealed. First off, Feig spilled the beans that Jason Statham was going to be appearing in that upcoming movie about a female secret agent he’s making that’s starring Melissa McCarthy. You know, the one that used to be called Susan Cooper? From the sound of it, Statham is probably just going to be playing a small part though, and one that comedically undercuts his status as a macho superhero, so that didn’t end up being the part of the conversation that was all that exciting. The exciting part was when the director revealed what he has planned for Channing Tatum.

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