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

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

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

As the long-running sketch comedy series begins its 48th season, USA TODAY has learned that Chris Redd will also be leaving the series, in addition to the previously announced departures of cast members Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Aristotle Athari.

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

New additions this season will 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?” is coming later this year and is currently set to star in Universal’s upcoming film “Cyber ​​Monday.”

“Being a part of ‘SNL’ has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement. “Five years ago, I joined 30 Rock knowing this was an amazing opportunity for growth. Now, with friends who have become family and memories 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 in 2018. The Chicago native rose to fame playing Eric Trump and “Guy Who Just Bought a Boat” on Weekend Update. He will next 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 2019 “Toy Story 4” World Premiere in Los Angeles.

Villaseñor was also promoted to regular in 2018 after two years on the show, portraying memorable personalities such as Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton. In addition to “SNL,” he has worked extensively in animation, voicing characters in “Toy Story 4,” Netflix’s “Q-Force” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.”

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

“Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon, left, as Laura Ingraham and Alex Moffat as Tucker Carlson. None of the cast members will return for the sketch’s upcoming 48th season.

It is believed to be the biggest reshuffle of the cast since 1985, following Michaels’ return to the show after a five-year absence, when almost the entire 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 faced obstacles related to COVID. Fan favorites like Bryant, Davidson and Cecily Strong also took extended absences from the show while filming other projects. Strong will also be out for at least the first part of the upcoming season.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘SNL’: Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, others not returning

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