Why take chances?
Producer Lorne Michaels had played the game before - cast members perform on "Saturday Night Live" for a few seasons, then leave the show to pursue careers in Hollywood or other walks of entertainment. Chevy Chase left in 1976; Aykroyd and Belushi left in 1979; even Eddie Murphy (though not under Lorne's reign) left in 1984.
It had been five full seasons since Lorne Michaels returned to "Saturday Night Live", and there was danger of his current cast following the dreams of his original cast - in fact, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn didn't return this season, so it was time for Lorne to think about discovering new talent for the show. Instead of finding himself stuck at the last minute, Lorne decided to overpopulate the cast, as a precaution. Along with the returning familiar faces of Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers and Kevin Nealon, Lorne brought in new talent Chris Farley and Chris Rock, as well as aspiring performers below them such as David Spade, Adam Sandler, Tim Meadows, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney. If any of the remaining longtime veterans left the show, there would be plenty of performers available to take their places.
The end result? A comedy explosion, exposing "Saturday Night Live" to some of its wildest, funniest and most unforgettable moments ever.