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Jay Pharoah Defends SNL Cast Mate Leslie Jones Following Website Hack: 'People Need to Leave Her Alone'

Originally posted 08/29/2016 08:00PM

Jay Pharoah is firing back at critics of his former Saturday Night Live costar Leslie Jones.

The comic defended Jones – who has recently fallen victim to both racist Internet trolling and an online hack in which personal photos of her were leaked – on the Video Music Awards' red carpet Sunday, telling Entertainment Tonight: "That is my friend, people need to leave her alone."

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Jay Pharoah Talks Saturday Night Live Exit: 'I Love Them – They Are My Family'

Originally posted 08/29/2016 10:45AM

Jay Pharoah has no ill will about towards Saturday Night Live.

"I'm not coming back to S.N.L.," Pharoah confirmed to Vanity Fair at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. "Transitions on shows happen all the time, but I won't be back."

The news of his departure from the show came in early August after his and Taran Killam's, 34, contracts were not renewed by the network.

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Kate McKinnon: 'I Was Destitute, Unemployed, Living in L.A.' Before SNL

Originally posted 08/25/2016 01:50PM

Fans of Saturday Night Live can't imagine the show without Kate McKinnon and her impressions of Justin Bieber and Hillary Clinton. And she can't imagine her life without SNL.

Before landing the coveted comedy spot, the scene-stealer tells PEOPLE she was "destitute, unemployed, living in L.A. – which I hate."

"Thank god that I got to have that job, because I'm not qualified for anything else," McKinnon adds. "I have no skills. I'm bad at most things."

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#StandWithLeslie! Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and More Show Support for Leslie Jones After Hack

#StandWithLeslie! Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and More Show Support for Leslie Jones After Hack

Originally posted 08/25/2016 11:10AM

Leslie Jones is a stand-up comedian. But on Wednesday, the stars stood up for her.

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Rachel Dratch Relies on Saturday Night Live Friends for Parenting Advice: 'We Have Our SNL Mommy Support Group'

Rachel Dratch Relies on Saturday Night Live Friends for Parenting Advice: 'We Have Our SNL Mommy Support Group'

Originally posted 08/23/2016 02:50PM

"Amy always jokes that they're going to grow up to be the comedy writing team of Abel and Eli," Dratch tells PEOPLE

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Tracy Morgan: 'I Will Always Be Indebted to the SNL Cast for Inspiring Me to Go Back and Be Funny'

Originally posted 08/16/2016 05:05PM

Two years after a deadly crash that left Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan in critical condition, the comedian credits his fellow cast members for inspiring him to return to comedy.

"On Oct. 17, when I went home, I was in a pitch meeting and this young cast – all of them, everybody, the whole cast – I know they was doing their hardest pitches, their best pitches," the 47-year-old comedian said of his return to the Saturday Night Live set after creator Lorne Michaels invited him "home."

"They inspired me so much," he continued. "After I left the pitch meeting, I went to the cellar, I grabbed the mic for the first time – for the very first time – it was like a new life," Morgan told Howard Stern of getting back on the stage again. "I did five minutes."

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Find Out Where Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah Are Headed Next After Their Sudden SNL Exits

Find Out Where Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah Are Headed Next After Their Sudden SNL Exits

Originally posted 08/11/2016 06:00PM

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Well, that didn't take long.

Saturday Night Live vets Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah – who learned earlier this week that their comedic services were no longer needed on the late-night sketch series – have both scored pilot deals at Showtime, the network announced on Thursday at the TCA Summer Press Tour.

Killam will star in the tentatively titled Mating, which is a comedy anthology series that focuses on a freshly divorced guy who got married at a young age and is now trying to navigate a much-changed, complicated dating world. Mating is being executive-produced by Jason Katims (Parenthood) and Stu Zicherman (The Americans), with Zicherman writing the pilot. The concept is to feature a different protagonist each season.

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UpdatePosted 08/10/2016 03:35PM

Saturday Night Live Parts Ways with Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah Ahead of Season 42

Originally posted 08/09/2016 09:20AM

Two familiar faces won't be returning for Saturday Night Live's upcoming season 42.

Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah are departing the long-running NBC sketch comedy show, a network spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.

Pharoah, 28, and Killam, 34, have both been with the show for six seasons and are well-known for their impression skills impersonating everyone from politicians to actors. (Pharoah, notably, is famous for his President Obama portrayal.)

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How Did Drew Barrymore React to Meeting the Person Who Impersonates Her?

Originally posted 08/01/2016 03:40PM

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ... right?

After comedian and actress Abby Elliott did a spot-on impression of Drew Barrymore, she received a surprising reaction.

Speaking with PEOPLE Now, the Odd Mom Out star opens up about what Barrymore, 41, had to say.

"I had done an impression of her on some talk show and she saw that and really liked it," she says. "She was always a good sport about it."

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Saturday Night Live Director Matt Villines Has Died at 39

Saturday Night Live Director Matt Villines Has Died at 39

Originally posted 07/11/2016 02:10PM

Saturday Night Live director Matt Villines has died of cancer at age 39, PEOPLE confirms.

Villines and his directing partner Oz Rodriguez, best known as the duo Matt & Oz, were responsible for SNL's hilarious pre-taped sketches like "The Jay Z Story", "Sad Mouse" and "Monster Pals."

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