American actress Casey Wilson has had her fair share of experience in many forms of entertainment media. The budding actress got a break in 2008 when she was signed to star in “Saturday Night Live.” Sadly, her star was not meant to burn too bright.
Wilson was let go a year later and even described the firing as “relief outweighing the regret.” Wilson admitted in an interview that she felt as if the cast were a “sports team” and she was always left on the bench. There were no hard feelings around her firing and producer Lorne Michaels remained supportive of the actress’ future endeavors.
Fresh-faced comedic actor Tony Rosato joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" at the start of its 1981 season, the show has come out of what some television aficionados believe to be its most disastrous season ever the previous year.
The new direction the show was going in was a challenge for newcomers such as Rosato to find traction with. He was let go during his second season. In a 2007 interview, Rosato conceded that he was miscast in "Saturday Night Live" and did not get the opportunity to redeem himself. Sadly, Rosato passed away in 2017 after suffering a heart attack.
Coming off hot from her breakthrough role in “Sixteen Candles,” Joan Cusack seemed a perfect fit for the eccentricities of "Saturday Night Live." A single season of the show was enough to prove that even though blockbuster-quality talent can create magic on the silver screen, it may be best to stay there.
Cusack’s performance on "Saturday Night Live" was not considered terrible but the actress’ comedic style often seemed out of sync with the sketches and her cast mates. Her departure allowed the actress to keep establishing herself in her preferred home: the big screen - showing up in flicks such as "Addams Family Values" and "School of Rock."
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. may have needed his Iron Man suit to repel the scathing criticism during his miserable spell on the 1985 to 1986 season of "Saturday Night Live." The renowned actor, who has won over legions of Marvel Comics fans, did not win over a single "Saturday Night Live" fan.
Although Downey Jr. has always been a brilliant actor, he failed abysmally at finding his rhythm with the live comedy format. The plummeting viewership put the entire cast in a bad light and Downey Jr. found himself square in the firing line and was booted at the end of the season.
There is a fine line between pushing the comedy envelope and giving a loyal audience what they expect. When British comedienne Morwenna Banks brought her humor from across the pond to "Saturday Night Live," the comedy envelope sadly remained unopened.
The cultural nuances between the American audience and Morwenna’s distinctly British style and delivery did not gel well at all and her skits were often misunderstood. This left Banks at a serious disadvantage as her American counterparts would often overshadow her. Morwenna Banks’ husband revealed in a tweet that she had no fond memory of her time on the show at all.