Sasheer Zamata Set to Leave Saturday Night Live

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After four seasons on Saturday Night Live, Sasheer Zamata is leaving the show, according to Entertainment Tonight. Zamata became a player on SNL during the height of the controversy surrounding the show’s lack of diversity. Zamata was the first black woman to be cast on the show since Maya Rudolph’s exit in 2007.

Zamata’s characters on the show included Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o and Taraji P. Henson.


Also leaving the show are Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan. The remaining cast includes Michael Ché, Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney and Cecily Strong, along with featured players Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor.

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Yesha Callahan

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).