‘SNL’ Adds ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Alum Mikey Day to Cast

In a way, he replaces buddy Taran Killam

Mikey Day

“Saturday Night Live” has promoted writer Mikey Day to a full-fledged cast member.

That makes the “Wild ‘N Out” alum the first replacement of several expected for departing players Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and one-season-and-done feature player Jon Rudnitsky.

“SNL” declined comment on the roster move when reached by TheWrap, though we expect the NBC staple to reveal some hirings next week.

Website Decider wrote earlier today that actor Chris Redd would be joining Day, but that report is false, multiple sources have told TheWrap.

Redd recently starred in “SNL” alum Andy Samberg‘s summer comedy “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

Day joined the “Saturday Night Live” writing staff in 2013. Since climbing aboard, he wrote a lot of sketches specifically for Killam. The two friends eventually penned the screenplay for Killam’s feature film, “Brother Nature,” together.

This summer, Day both wrote for and performed on Lorne Michaels‘ sketch show “Maya & Marty,” which also aired on NBC.

“Saturday Night Live’s” 42nd season is just around the corner. The loss of Pharoah means the series is currently without an actor to portray President Barack Obama, which it will surely need for most of the season.

While Killam did some time impersonating Donald Trump, show announcer and former cast member Darrell Hammond has got that role locked up. Kate McKinnon is the show’s resident Hillary Clinton.

Vulture first reported the Day hire.