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It’s been rumored that Saturday Night Live will bring in a new cast-member upon the uncertain future of one of the show’s stars, Kristen Wiig.
Insiders have informed Deadline that throughout the past couple of weeks, new blood has been auditioning to appear regularly on the NBC show.
Some of those who tried out are Kate McKinnon from The Big Gay Sketch Show, Jessica Joy from the now-canceled The Playboy Club, Lauren Lapkus from Are You There, Chelsea? and Elaine Carroll from Very Mary-Kate.
The word is that McKinnon was the one to blow producers away, and she will reportedly make her first appearance on the late-night sketch show next weekend when Modern Family star Sofia Vergara hosts.
Wiig’s contract with SNL is up after this season, and with her fame on the rise thanks to the huge hit Bridesmaids, which she starred in and co-wrote, she’s said to be looking towards new projects. Her decision will probably be announced by summertime.
Entertainment Weeky reports that if the rumors are true, McKinnon will be the only openly gay cast-member on SNL and the first since Terry Sweeney’s work during the 1985-86 season of the show.
McKinnon spent three seasons on The Big Gay Sketch Show.