07/16/2014 08:03 EDT | Updated 09/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Saturday Night Live boots out rookie performers

It appears as though some Saturday Night Live players really aren't ready for prime time. reports that the long-running comedy sketch show will not be renewing the contracts of first-year performers Noël Wells and John Milhiser.

The news comes hot on the heels of another rookie's departure, Brooks Wheelan, which he announced via Twitter on Monday.

Wells, Milhiser and Wheelan are three of eight new featured players who joined the cast of SNL last fall for the show's 39th season. The show also later added Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman on its cast since 2007, after the show was criticized for a lack of diversity.

Along with the ousting of the rookie performers, longtime cast member Nasim Pedrad is also leaving the show to co-star in Fox's Mulaney, which debuts this fall.