Sasheer Zamata Is Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

05.21.17 7 months ago 11 Comments

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Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan weren’t the only Saturday Night Live vets bidding adieu to the show last night. Underutilized cast member Sasheer Zamata is reportedly parting ways with SNL after four seasons on the NBC late night staple.

Entertainment Tonight reports that they’ve spoken with multiple sources that say Zamata is leaving the program now that the season 42 finale has wrapped. (NBC has not yet commented on the story.) Zamata came in as a featured player midway through SNL‘s 39th season as the comedy/variety series was facing strong criticism for how white the show has been and in particular how there wasn’t a black female presence on the show.

On SNL, Zamata’s output included impressions (like Michelle Obama and Rihanna), characters (like YouTube dancer Janelle) and being a fixture in hits like Black Jeopardy. Maybe it was just a case of a loaded roster, but it’s a bummer we didn’t get more of Zamata as a sketch performer. Her entire tenure was a little low-key and that included Saturday’s farewells. Zamata, Bayer and Moynihan were nudged out of the spotlight in the goodnights with the evening’s star-studded collection of special guests taking center stage. After the initial end of the show laugh-n-hug-n-sway section, the three castmates were carried off like conquering heroes when the show stopped its live broadcast. There are certainly worse ways to wrap up your SNL career than being carried off by The Rock.

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