Abby Elliott is the latest cast member to leave “Saturday Night Live,” her rep confirmed to ABCNews.com.
Elliott, 25, joined SNL in 2008 and portrayed a variety of famous faces including Zoey Deschanel, Khloe Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie. She is the only second generation cast member. Her father, Chris Elliott, was on during the 1994-1995 season.
SNL’s cast has been dwindling lately. Kristin Wiig, who was on the show for seven seasons, left the show in May. Andy Samberg, who was also on the show for seven seasons, confirmed to the New York Times June 1 that he will not be returning. Both comedians have busy movie careers. Wiig was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her “Bridesmaids” screenplay, which she also starred in. Samberg has starred in films including “That’s My Boy,” “The Watch” and “I Love You Man.”
SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis may also be leaving the show. The comedian, who portrays presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the show, told the Los Angeles Times he hasn’t decided if he will return next season.
“I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there,” Sudeikis told the L.A. Times.
“To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye — of being Mitt Romney — is not enough,” he added.
There’s no denying that playing a political figure is great for any career. Tina Fey won an Emmy for her SNL impersonations of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential race. But Sudeikis, like Wiig and Samberg, has a film career on the rise. He recently starred in popular films including “Horrible Bosses,” “Going The Distance” and “The Campaign.” He is currently filming “We’re The Millers” with Jennifer Aniston.
As for Elliott, she doesn’t have quite the same film resume like other stars leaving the show. Most recently she appeared in “High Road” and “No Strings Attached.”