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They've competed in front of global audiences, presented at the MTV Video Music Awards, and now the Final Five are ready to host Saturday Night Live.

Rio Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles made the case for her and her fellow U.S.A. gymnast teammates – Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Gabby Douglas – to host the longtime NBC sketch show.

In response to SNL asking its Twitter followers who should host the upcoming season 42, Biles chimed in on behalf of the Final Five.

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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 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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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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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

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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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SNL's Jay Pharoah Calls Cast Mate Taran Killam 'My Fam for Life' After Both Stars' Abrupt Ouster

Update 08/10/2016 03:35 PM Originally posted 08/09/2016 09:20 AM

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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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 Alum Mike O'Brien Opens Up About Cancer Scare

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Mike O'Brien is not joking when it comes to his health.

The Saturday Night Live alum posted a series of pre- and post-op photos of himself undergoing surgery on his face Sunday, sharing his own family history with skin cancer and raising awareness so fans might be more vigilant about their own health.

"A couple weeks ago those two little red bumps under my right eye were diagnosed as melanoma, a skin cancer that has taken multiple people in my extended family," he wrote on Instagram. "If you have a family history of skin cancer, you should get checked at a dermatologist every 3-6 months."

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