However, thanks to lobbying from Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan, Lorne rehired Parnell, who returned to the cast in March 2002. More budget cuts in 2006 led to Parnell departing from SNL after his 8th season ended in May 2006. Only five people (Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman and Horatio Sanz) have been cast members longer. He also starred in the failed unaired sitcom Thick and Thin. Parnell has played in numerous sketches, commercial parodies, and has performed memorable impressions of various celebrities.
Parnell is particularly adept at rapping. One of his most popular rap sketches is Lazy Sunday, a nerdcore rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see The Chronicles of Narnia. The sketch has gained such widespread fame that it has been reproduced and parodied. He has also performed raps about hosts Jennifer Garner, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher.
In the summer of 2006, Lorne Michaels said that four cast members would be fired due to budget cuts, but he did not say who . On September 19, 2006, a blogger wrote that Chris Parnell told him he was departing from SNL due to the budget cuts . One can infer that this meant that Parnell was fired from the show and did not leave of his own will. On September 22, it was announced that three cast members had been fired: Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell.
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