Comedienne Sasheer Zamata bid goodbye to Saturday Night Live as she wrapped up her four-season run on the iconic show during its season 42 finale. She joined the ranks of two other former cast members, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan, who had announced their departure prior to the season capper.
During her stint on SNL, Zamata was known to play recurring supporting roles in some of the show’s sketches. However, she was mostly known for her impressions of former First Lady Michelle Obama and various pop singers like Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Solange Knowles. She also had regular appearances in the “Black Jeopardy” segment and a recurring role in her own sketch as Janelle - Chris Rock’s daughter and a naive YouTube vlogger.
The news was first broken out by Entertainment Tonight following the airing of the SNL season 42 finale show. The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted-episode however, showed no special farewell sequence to those who are no longer returning for next season. Instead, Zamata, together with Bayer and Moynihan were lifted onto the shoulders of the other SNL cast members, as well as, Johnson as a subtle way of sending them off.
Meanwhile, in her own way of saying goodbye, the 31-year-old comedienne took it to her official Instagram account to post a celebratory/farewell snap of her being carried by host Colin Jost and Johnson during her last outing in the show. She captioned it “Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL.” Fans were quick to comment on the post, with some expressing their dismay on her decision to exit the iconic gag series. Others, meanwhile, wished her well in her upcoming endeavors.
Zamata came on the show back in January of 2014, with the help of acclaimed producer Lorne Michaels. At that time, SNL was being highly criticized for its lack of diversity in its casting after the show has just brought in six new members - all white and only one of them is a female. Outside of her work in SNL, Zamata also has her own stand-up special titled Pizza Mind and has participated in films like Sleight and Deirdra and Laney Rob A Train.
With three veteran members having now left the show, it remains to be seen if SNL will bring in more talent to fill in its roster ahead of season 43 or if the show will make do with the remaining cast. The trend of comedians leaving the NBC live show has gone on for a number of years now. Needless to say, a lot of SNL alums have done well for themselves after giving up their spot on the comedy series (see, for example, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon, who are both currently hosting their respective nightly talk shows).
Saturday Night Live returns for season 43 later this year.
Source: Entertainment Tonight