Saturday Night Live on Thursday announced three new hires for Season 45, including the show's first Asian cast member ever.
Bowen Yang, who joined the late sketch comedy series as a staff writer last season, will become a player this fall. He made his unofficial debut back in March when he appeared as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un opposite host Sandra Oh.
In addition to Yang, SNL recruited Groundling artist Chloe Fineman and fellow comedian Shane Gillis. Both will serve as selected players as well. All three artists take part in the show in the wake of a significant departure: three-time Emmy nominee Leslie Jones recently announced that she would be leaving the series after five seasons.
Yang, Fineman and Ellis join recurring cast members Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Ego Nwodim and Kate McKinnon (who recently purchased a new one-year contract).
SNL Season 45 is launched on Saturday, September 28 (NBC, 1
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