'Saturday Night Live' Fires Brooks Wheelan, But Judd Apatow Has His Back

Look for him to play Iron Man in 2021.

Freshman castmember Brooks Wheelan has been fired from "Saturday Night Live."

The actor tweeted out the news last night, though he seemed to be in good spirits.

Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!

— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014

In a season that was full of new talent, Wheelan never got a chance to really make his mark on the show, appearing in a few "Weekend Update" segments as himself, as well as a couple of digital shorts.

It seems especially bittersweet for Wheelan, who made a splash on the Internet with a second a day video documenting his year on "SNL".

But don't worry! Wheelan's got some pretty good celebrity support in the form of comedy bigwig Judd Apatow:

.@brookswheelan you will have the Robert Downey Jr. post SNL career! (minus the painful drug addiction). Rock on friend!

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 15, 2014

That's pretty high praise from one of the most successful comedy filmmakers of the last decade, but credit Wheelan for taking it in stride with his reply:

.@JuddApatow thanks man! I'm gonna take this time to formally submit myself for the Ironman reboot in 2021 and the Chaplin reboot in 2032.

— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 15, 2014

That "Chaplin" reboot is gonna be HUGE.

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