Saturday Night Live just wrapped things up for this season and apparently, it was the last for Sasheer Zamata.
A few years ago, the absence of Black women was made glaringly obvious on SNL, and Sasheer Zamata was added to the cast. Along with Zamata, two Black female writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, (who would go on to become a cast member) were also added. Now, after four seasons, the 31-year old is saying goodbye to the infamous sketch comedy.
Though no reason for her exit has been given at this time, we can all assume that Zamata has left to pursue other opportunities. This year alone, she has been seen in J.D. Dillard’s Sleight and Netflix’s Deidra & Laney Rob A Train. According to her IMDB, Zamata will also appear soon in the TV series Ableism and in the film, The Outdoorsman.
During her run on SNL, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Celebrity Ambassador for Women’s Rights did not score any real breakthrough characters, but she did an excellent impersonation of First Lady Michelle Obama. Zamata’s exit follows the news of Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan moving on as well.
There have always been whispers that SNL had no clue what to do with Zamata and if you consider what skits she was placed in, you can see how people might come to that conclusion. Last summer, Jay Pharoah, a 6-season cast member of the series exited the show, and he recently opened up about why during an interview on Hot 97. He said, “You go where you’re appreciated… if you have multiple people on the cast saying things like, ‘you’re so talented, and you’re able, and they don’t use you, it’s unfair, and it’s making us feel bad… because they don’t use you… and you’re a talent…'”
We just hope that wherever Zamata goes from here, she shines brightly, she so deserves it.