Sasheer Zamata Joins 'Saturday Night Live' Exodus

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Despite one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, “Saturday Night Live” experienced another cast shakeup over the weekend.
Sasheer Zamata has left the show, Variety reported Sunday, following the announced departures of Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer before Saturday’s season finale.
Zamata, who joined the show in 2014 as the first black woman since Maya Rudolph exited in 2007, did impressions of Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong’o and Taraji P. Henson.

She also became known for her vlogger character Janelle on “How 2 Dance With Janelle.”
Deadline reported that while Zamata was not given an on-air adieu, she did receive a “hero’s hoist” later.

Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ A post shared by Sasheer Zamata (@thesheertruth) on May 21, 2017 at 10:08am PDT

Zamata hailed from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedy troupe. She was hired by “SNL” in 2014 amid controversy over the show’s lack of black female comedians over the decades.
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