Considering that election years are typically the time in which “Saturday Night Live” hits ratings gold, we are a little bit surprised to see that so many of the cast members are opting to leave now. We already know that both Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg are out after long tenures with the show — and now Abby Elliott has also made the decision to say goodbye after four years with the show. (The news was first reported by Splitsider.)
Elliott was the first cast member on the show to be descended from a past performer in Chris Elliott, and she did bring some memorable performances to the show over the years including her recent hilarious take on Zooey Deschanel. However, the writing was pretty clearly on the wall here when it came to her exit, as she was cast in a pilot earlier this year that later became Fox’s “Ben & Kate” premiering next month. Elliott was eventually recast with Dakota Johnson on the show, and with that many assumed that she could be coming back. It appears now, though, that she has opted instead to take on greener pastures and try new things.
With Elliott’s exit, the only question mark remaining for the series is longtime cast member (and Mitt Romney impersonator) Jason Sudeikis, who has been with the show for nearly a decade. It’s possible that his role on the show could be scaled back, but it’s also too early to tell. Hopefully, we’ll have more information on some of the show’s replacement cast members soon.
What’s your reaction to this news, and will you miss Elliott? We want to hear from you below! If you want to read some recent comments about Jason Sudeikis’ own future beyond “SNL,” be sure and pay a visit to the link here.