'Saturday Night Live's' Jay Pharoah to take on Obama impression

By Mallory Hatten,

Saturday Night Live funny man Jay Pharoah will be taking Fred Armisen’s place as President Obama on the upcoming season of the long-running comedy show.

Pharoah has been with the show since 2010, proving during that time that he has the skills to make America laugh.

“Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own. I just thought it might be time to shake it up,” executive producer of the show, Lorne Michaels told The New York Times.

And what do Pharoah’s SNL castmates think about the switch?

CNN reports that Seth Meyers is totally behind the decision. “[Jay] is in his third season, and I feel like this is a transition year for us. It’s time for the young cast to sort of become the vets on the show,” Meyers said.

And the show certainly is in a transition year. After Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliott and Andy Samberg announced their departures, show producer’s quickly hired Chicago newcomers Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson. Michales also confirmed that Jason Sudeiks will be coming back at least “until Januaray.” That was good news for fans after reports that actor was on the fence.

The new season kicks off tonight on NBC with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean.

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