Sasheer Zamata leaves ‘SNL’ after 4 years

(Left to right) Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, Sasheer Zamata and Aidy Bryant in the Cartier Ad sketch for the May 20 edition of "Saturday Night Live." Photo by Ralph Bavaro/NBC

May 22 (UPI) — Sasheer Zamata is not returning to “Saturday Night Live” for Season 43.

News of her departure after four years was first reported by Sunday, then confirmed by Variety.

Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan also appeared on the sketch comedy show for the last time this weekend.

Zamata is best known for her impersonations of Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong’o, Taraji P. Henson, Beyonce and Solange Knowles.

She posted on Instagram Sunday a photo of her smiling and being held up above the stage by “SNL” player Colin Jost and guest host Dwayne Johnson. “Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL,” she captioned the picture.


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