Before we get to the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, we do have a couple of important updates to share relating to a couple of popular cast members: Jay Pharoah and Jason Sudeikis.
A new Obama – First things first, it looks like the decision has finally been made to get rid of Fred Armisen’s horrendous impersonation of Barack Obama, and replace him with somebody who has grown to add him to his repertoire instead: Jay Pharoah.
Speaking with the New York Times, executive producer Lorne Michaels confirms the switch by saying the following:
“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.”
It’s really quite easy to agree with this at the end of the day. While Armisen has many good impressions, Obama was never one of them, and his segments always felt like the most drawn-out and awkward on the show. Fred will of course still be an integral part of the show moving forward, albeit in other roles.
Jason Sudeikis – Now, we focus on the man who will be likely working with Jay for much of the fall as Mitt Romney: Jason Sudeikis. NBC has confirmed that the actor will return for yet another season this fall, though there is still speculation that he could minimize his role in January after the election is over. Sudeikis is one of the longest-tenured cast members on the show, and he will be missed whenever he does decide to take his career in a different direction. We’re just happy that we at least have a Romney for at least a little while longer.
If you want to check out the new promo for the upcoming show hosted by Seth MacFarlane this weekend, all you have to do is visit the link here.