Before Saturday's (May 20) season finale of "Saturday Night Live," fans had already learned that two of the shows regulars were done after the show. Long time "SNL" fixtures Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer had announced they were leaving the show, but no we know of a third cast member who will not be returning, Sasheer Zamata.
Zamata join the show in 2014 after 'SNL' was under heavy criticism over not having any black female cast members. While Zamata was well deserving of the gig, it did put a lot of pressure on her since she became the first black woman to be a cast member since the 2007 departure of Maya Rudolph. She had a slow start on the show but by the 2015 season Zamata was dazzling the audience with her comedic timing, incredible impressions that included Rihanna and First Lady Michelle Obama, and her role on 'Black Jeopardy'. If there was any bad thing about Zamata's run on 'SNL' it would be that she was often under utilized, often only appearing as an extra in skits and sometimes not being used at all. Now that she is leaving, hopefully she can reach her full potential.
While she’s remained silent about her departure, Zamata gave it a mention on her Instagram Sunday (May 21).
The comedian recently dropped her stand up special “Pizza Mind” on streaming sites Seeso and Amazon Prime.