It's one and done for Luke Null, the Cincinnati area's first Saturday Night Live cast member.
The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will not return for the 44th season this fall, according to Deadline.com.
Null, who did improvisational comedy at iO Chicago, joined the cast last September as a "featured player" with Chris Redd (Netflix's Disjointed) from St. Louis and Heidi Gardner (Super Mansion), a Groundlings alum from Kansas City. They replaced Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
I figured something might be up when NBC's SNL publicists declined to set up an interview with Null for me on WVXU-FM in July, when production was shut down. NBC has not announced cast changes or the fall season premiere date. New cast members were not named until the last week of September last year, just days before the season opener.
Null and his mother, Cindy, appeared together on Saturday Night Live on May 12, when all cast members and their moms were live from New York in the show's opening.
He also portrayed The Voice country singer Blake Shelton; Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder; a trucker attending a Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) rally; one of the "Lost Boys" in a Peter Pan sketch; and an obnoxious high school student late for class.
Deadline did not cite a reason for Null's departure, but noted that he "got little screen time over the course of the season."
The Hollywood Reporter says "SNL typically experiences some form of cast turnover every season. Null is the first to exit ahead of season 44."