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SNL Departures: Melissa Villasenor, Alex Moffat, Aristotle Athari Out

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Three more comedians are leaving Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live as part of a cast shakeup ahead of the show’s 48th season this fall.

Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari are leaving the show, according to a person familiar with the exits who was not authorized to speak on the record.

Villaseñor, who was a semi-finalist on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent,” made history as the show’s first Latin actress when she joined in 2016. She is best known for her celebrity impressions, including portrayals of Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga.

Moffat was also cast in 2016 and is known for his parodies of Eric Trump and Anderson Cooper. He has several films in production, including the comedy thriller “Susie Searches” and the holiday comedy “Christmas with the Campbells.”

Last season was the first and only for Athari, SNL’s first male lead from the Middle East. He made his mark as Laughtertosh 3000a standing robot character who appeared in SNL’s satirical skit, “Weekend Update”.

Villaseñor, Moffat and Athari join four former teammates – Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson – who said goodbye in May at last season’s finale.

Departures come after SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said a “year of change” was possible for the series. Longtime SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, who was instrumental in booking the comedy show, revealed in a Instagram post in August that she was also leaving after 20 seasons.

Since SNL’s debut in 1975, the show has broken Emmy Awards records for nominations and wins. Its 2020-2021 season was the most-watched entertainment program on television for adults 18-49, according to the hollywood journalist.