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SNL Leaving: Melissa Villasinor, Alex Moffat, Aristotle Athari Exit

SNL Leaving: Melissa Villasinor, Alex Moffat, Aristotle Athari Exit

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Three other comedians are leaving Emmy-winning “Saturday Night Live,” part of a casting shift ahead of the series’ 48th season this fall.

Melissa Villasinor, Alex Moffat, and Aristotle Atari will be leaving the show, according to a person familiar with the exits and was not allowed to speak officially.

Villaseñor, who was a semi-finalist on NBC’s reality show “America’s Got Talent,” made history as a The first Latina cast member When she joined in 2016. She was best known for her celebrity impressions, including photos of Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga.

Moffat was also cast in 2016 and is known for his parodies of Eric Trump and Anderson Cooper. He has several films in production, including the thriller comedy “Susie Searches” and the comedy “Christmas with the Campbells”.

Last season was the first and only for Athari, SNL’s first Middle Eastern cast member. He left his mark as laughter 3000a poseable robot character featured in SNL’s satirical news graphic, “Weekend Update.”

Villaseñor, Moffat and Athari join four former teammates – Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson – who He said goodbye to them in May at the end of last season.

The departures come after SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels He said A “Year of Change” was possible for this series. Longtime SNL Producer Lindsey Shokos, who was instrumental in Booking The comedy show, which was revealed in Instagram share In August she was also leaving after 20 seasons.

Since debuting SNL in 1975, the show has broken Emmy Award records for Nominations and wins. The 2020-2021 season was the most-watched entertainment program on television for adults aged 18-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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