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'Saturday Night Live': Beck Bennett exits show, three new cast members join

'Saturday Night Live': Beck Bennett exits show, three new cast members join
Beck Bennett (L), and Bobby Moynihan, arrive on the red carpet at the premiere of "Live From New York!" in April 2015. Bennett has exited "Saturday Night Live." File Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Beck Bennett has exited Saturday Night Live as the long-running sketch comedy show adds three new cast members.

Bennett confirmed his exit from SNL on Instagram Monday alongside behind-the-scenes photos from the show.

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"Love you, SNL. Gonna miss you so much. Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that completely changed my life. I had so much fun," Bennett said.

SNL will be adding three new feature players including Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman for Season 47, which will premiere on Oct. 2.

The full cast now includes Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa VillaseƱor and Bowen Yang while featuring Athari, Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson and Sherman.

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Owen Wilson will be the first guest host to kick off Season 24 with Kacey Musgraves as the musical guest. Kim Kardashian and Halsey will then appear the following week on Oct. 9.

Rami Malek and Young Thug will then take over the Oct. 16 show followed by Jason Sudeikis and Brandi Carlile on Oct. 23.

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