The season 47 finale of “Saturday Night Live” saw the departure of longtime cast members such as Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd and Melissa Villaseñor. The late comedian opened up about her exit in an interview with The Daily Beast for the first time, revealing that a series of terror attacks led her to leave the show. Popular for her comments, Villaseñor joined “SNL” in 2016 and was with the show for six seasons.
“Yes, it was my decision,” Villasenor said of her “SNL” exit. “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it over the summer and playing it in my head if I go back. At the end of the day it was about my mental health. I had two panic attacks last season. I think I just… I was struggling. I always felt like I was on the edge of a cliff every week. And I was like, I don’t want to do that to myself anymore. And it’s not that the show was mean to me or anyone else. It was my way of dealing with things.”
“I think I’m an introvert,” Villaseñor continued. “When I’m in a group of really amazing people and everyone’s talking about everyone else, I tend to be a little. I’m worried, just where do I fit in? What should I do? I was the same way in high school. And I think that’s the reason. And I think I’m fine. I felt like there was nothing else to feel like, oh, I have to share this, I want to do this on the show. I think I’m ready. I only had one thing to say, I think I can break up.
Villaseñor said it was “extremely hard” to leave the show “because I love Lorne. [Michaels] And I’m so grateful they found me.” Adding, “I share with them that this is my son’s dream. This is all I wanted as a child. So I’m going to carry that in my heart forever, and practice that in my life.
Similar to Katie McKinnon, Villasenor said it’s “a little hard” to think about watching the new season of “SNL.” McKinnon revealed in July that she decided to leave “SNL” after her Emmy-winning run because her body was tired from her hectic work schedule. Eddie Bryant said. Difference Making it to 10 seasons just felt like a good time to move on.
“If it wasn’t for Covid, I probably would have quit a few years ago,” Bryant said. But it was a very big change. When covid hit we all had the feeling of ‘I’ll definitely be back next year’. And then I had to shoot “Shrill” for half of the last season, and so I missed it a lot. And then it was like, ‘Okay, now I’m going to go back for one more.’ I tried looking for one last regular year. This year was not the normal year I expected, but it was close. It was, ‘Of course it’s time.’ And 10 felt like a nice, solid round number.