Multiple sources have confirmed that Sasheer Zamata will not be returning to Saturday Night Live after staying with the show for four seasons. ET broke the news of Zamata's departure this past weekend.
Her leaving follows the departure of two of SNL's longest-serving and most celebrated cast members – Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer. Unlike Moynihan and Bayer, Zamata was not given her own special episode. Moynihan and Bayer were given a "goodbye" through the 42nd season finale episode being all theirs.
Zamata, 31, joined the cast of SNL during its 38th season back in 2014. During the time of her arrival to the show, SNL was being criticized for its lack of diversity. Zamata’s original hiring was notable as she was the first black woman to be cast on the show since Maya Rudolph’s exit in 2007. Since then, she has been known for her impersonations of Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Solange Knowles as well as many others.
NBC has yet to comment on her departure.
Either way, we wish Zamata lots of success and prosperity on her future endeavors. Whatever you do girl, just continue to be funny AF.
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