Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, Aristotle Athari quit

Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, Aristotle Athari quit

More big changes are coming to “Saturday Night Live.”

As the long-running sketch comedy series begins its 48th season, USA TODAY has learned that Chris Redd will also depart the series, along with the announced departures of cast members Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Aristotle Athari before this.

Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney confirmed their departures during the Season 47 finale in May.

This season’s additions include comedians Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.

Redd, who spent five seasons on “SNL,” has an HBO Max comedy special, “Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?” coming later this year, and is currently set to star in Universal’s upcoming feature “Cyber ​​Monday.”

“Being a part of ‘SNL’ has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement. “Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was a great opportunity for growth. Now, with friends that have become family and memories that I will cherish forever, I am grateful to Lorne Michaels and the entire ‘SNL’ organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”

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Moffat joined “SNL” as a featured player in 2016 before being promoted to main cast member in 2018. The Chicago native became famous for playing Eric Trump and “Guy Who Just Bought a Boat” on Weekend Update. He will appear in the Apple TV+ comedy “Bad Monkey” with Vince Vaughn and Michelle Monaghan.

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“SNL” cast member Melissa Villaseñor at the world premiere of “Toy Story 4” in Los Angeles in 2019.

Villaseñor was also promoted to regular player in 2018 after two years on the show, impersonating celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton. Outside of “SNL,” she has worked extensively in animation, portraying characters in “Toy Story 4,” Netflix’s “Q-Force” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.”

Athari’s departure comes after one season: he joined the cast as a featured player last fall alongside Sarah Sherman and James Austin Johnson, but struggled to get screen time and launch signature characters, except for for “international singing sensation” Angelo.

“Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon, left, as Laura Ingraham and Alex Moffat as Tucker Carlson. Neither team will be returning for the sketch show’s upcoming 48th season.

It is believed to be the biggest cast shakeup since 1985, after Michaels’ return to the show after a five-year absence, when almost all of the cast was replaced, including Billy Crystal and Julia Louis- Dreyfus.

“SNL” has struggled to find its footing in recent years, with fewer political sketches after Donald Trump left the White House, and overcoming obstacles related to COVID. Fan favorites such as Bryant, Davidson and Cecily Strong have taken long absences from the show while filming other projects. Strong will also be out for at least the early part of the upcoming season.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘SNL’: Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, more not to return

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