Abby Elliott Will Not Be Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Abby Elliot Leaving Saturday Night Live Abby Elliott Will Not Be Returning to Saturday Night Live

Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg have already confirmed their exit from the late night sketch comedy staple Saturday Night Live, while Jason Sudeikis is also mulling over his departure. Now comes word that another player won’t be returning.

Splitsider is reporting that Abby Elliott – daughter of former SNL cast member and recurring How I Met Your Mother guest star Chris Elliott – will not be returning to Studio 8H for the 38th season. Elliott made the announcement herself, but nothing official has come from producer Lorne Michaels or NBC.

The comedienne joined the cast in the middle of the 2008-2009 season as a featured player after Amy Poehler left the show in November. In 2010, Elliott and Bobby Moynihan were promoted to series regulars, something that hadn’t happened since the 2006-2007 season. Ironically enough, that series of promotions included Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis (along with Bill Hader).

With the departure of Elliott, the late night sketch series loses some decent characters like Rachel Maddow, Zooey Deschanel, and one of the annoying Kardashian sisters. However, it’s difficult to recall any popular original characters, which might be why Elliot is looking elsewhere for work.

Here’s Abby Elliott doing a stellar job in the recurring sketch Bein’ Quirky with Zooey Deschanel:

Elliott’s departure isn’t all that surprising, considering there was a chance that the series Ben Fox is My Manny would take her away from SNL if it got picked up (unfortunately for her, it didn’t). The comedienne was once in “serious jeopardy” of not being asked back to the show before the 2010-11 season began. In the end, only Jenny Slate was asked to leave. Some speculated that Elliott dating Fred Armisen at the time helped her to stick around, but it’s not clear why she seems to be leaving again two years later.

Saturday Night Live serves as a fine jumping off point for comedic actors to launch more lucrative film and TV careers, and players coming and going is just a part of the tradition. However, with Wiig, Samberg, likely Sudeikis, and now Elliott leaving the show, this seems to be the biggest loss of high profile talent at one time in the history of the show. Does this mean we’ll hear of some new cast members stepping up to try and fill the shoes of these departed comedians? It’s likely that NBC will make an official announcement regarding SNL as the season premiere gets closer.

The 38th season Saturday Night Live premieres September 15th.


Source: Spitsider [via EW], Collider

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  1. That still makes me mad that Jenny Slate was fired over all of the other women that year…I thought Abby & Nasim did well that season…but Jenny was a stand out performer that season and imo would be one of the best cast members on the show if she was still around. That was one HUGE mistake that Lorne made. I’m now hoping Kate gets kept on because she has the same kind of screen presence as Jenny Slate…she could go really far with this show! I hope they don’t axe her too before her time. Kate, along with Nasim & Jason are the only ones not confirmed yet to be staying or departing and I hope all three stay!

    Also still really sad Paul Brittain left…he was amazing!

  2. Wasn’t there also a mass-exodus of cast members in the mid nineties? I wanna say like 94 or 95.

    But anyway it’ll be interesting to see what they do, a lot of what worked these last couple of years had Samberg, Wiig, and Sudekis as a big part of it.

    • From what I remember, they had a bunch of cast members that weren’t going to be back and in one of the last skits they had them jump into a bear pit to sort of “kill off” their characters. I remember Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, and Norm McDonald were in it.

  3. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, I loved Abby, She played great parts and was serious eye candy.

    • Me tooooo

  4. Good for her. She’s too talented to be as criminally under-utilized as she is.

    Jay Pharaoh should leave, too. They only use for impressions or as “random black guy.” He’s better off somewhere else.

  5. Yeah, I kept waiting for them to put Pharaoh in more sketches, but it never happened. He had some good moments the past 2 years but I think he’ll be asked to step it up this season. The mid-nineties exodus was when Hartman, Nealon, Carvey, Victoria Jackson all left seemingly at once. The show will recover. This exodus only makes room for the next Will Ferrell or Kristin Wiig to step up.

    • i think she is pretty hott .. sad to not see her on there anymore ..

  6. That’s too bad she was funny and hot.

  7. People still really watch this crap? Key word crap.

  8. It’s funny I never knew half the people that are in these movies nowadays were even on SNL. Guess the show appeals to some other demographic now, granted almost nobody I know has watched the show since the 90′s.

  9. People still watch SNL?

    It’s seriously lacking in cowbell.