Three more “Saturday Night Live” cast members are exiting the show.
Alex Moffat has the longest tenure, arriving in 2016. When I ran into him earlier this summer it didn’t seem like Moffat was leaving, but after six years it’s time to go. He’s very funny and a good writer with plenty of things ahead of him.
I’m surprised Melissa Villasenor is leaving. She’s the only Latinx cast member and wickedly funny. Since the female cast takes longer to break through, and they’ve lost both Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant, I thought Villasenor would get a chance to shine. But the writing was on the wall and on social media. About a month or more ago she dropped any reference to “SNL” from her social media.
Aristotle Athari just never happened all season. He was either overwhelmed or not ready but he was barely on screen during his inaugural year. He’ll turn up elsewhere and surprise us all, I’m sure.
Also as i reported earlier last week, Cecily Strong will miss maybe the first three or four shows because she’s performing in “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe” in Los Angeles.
Kenan Thompson returns for his record breaking 20th season. So far “SNL” hasn’t announced its first fall date or the names of any hosts or musical guests. There’s a big push online to get Carol Burnett for host. The 89 year old legend has never been on “SNL,” which is a crime.