Here's the 'Saturday Night Live' cast members returning for season 42

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SNL Confirms Remainder of Cast to Return for Season 42

After Saturday Night Live made headlines earlier this month when heavy-hitting veteran cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, along with relative newbie Jon Rudnitsky, were cut, rather unexpectedly, from the long-running late-night institution, questions remained about who would be back for the show's 42nd season. Those worries, however, were for naught: According to Splitsider, everybody else from last season is returning this fall. Yep, Colin Jost and Michael Che are back behind the Weekend Update desk, Leslie Jones and Kate Mckinnon will put away their proton packs, and Keenan Thompson has the same job he's had since 2003. Here's the complete list of familiar faces:

Vanessa Bayer
Beck Bennett
Aidy Bryant
Michael Che
Pete Davidson
Leslie Jones
Colin Jost
Kate McKinnon
Kyle Mooney
Bobby Moynihan
Cecily Strong
Kenan Thompson
Sasheer Zamata

See photos of Leslie Jones at the recent "Ghostbusters" premiere:

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Actress Leslie Jones attends the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Ghostbusters' in Hollywood, California, on July 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actresses Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig attend the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Actress Leslie Jones attends the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Ghostbusters' in Hollywood, California, on July 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Actress Leslie Jones arrives at the Premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Leslie Jones attends the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Actress Leslie Jones arrives for the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig attend the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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While the show hasn't yet announced any new cast hires, we do know that Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider are taking over as head writers for the next season. The co-writers are probably best known for their sketch "The Beygency."

Leslie Jones was recently rocked by a hacking scandal. Find out more on that below:
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