'SNL' adds first Asian cast member, 2 more for Season 45

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'Saturday Night Live' Adds 3 New Cast Members, Including First Asian Star Bowen Yang

Gillis, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang were announced for the new season of SNL today. They will be joining returning cast members Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwoodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villaseñor.

Yang also has a large Twitter presence, and is known for his lip-syncing. He'll be joined by Chloe Fineman, a Groundling performer who was also a New Face at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and Shane Gillis, who was a New Face at this year's festival.

The show returns September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

Eddie Murphy is set to host the show this December, marking the comedian's first time hosting since 1984.

Gillis was a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs.

Leslie Jones announced over the summer that she will not return to the show. Her television credits include "Jane the Virgin" and "Search Party". He was a staff writer on SNL's 44th season and co-hosts the Las Culturistas podcast. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is scheduled to host on October 5 with musical guest Taylor Swift, and Stranger Things star David Harbour will host on October 12 with musical guest Camila Cabello.

Calls for comment from NBC and Saturday Night Live were not immediately returned.

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