More change is on the way for “Saturday Night Live,” according to a report claiming a trio of talent is heading for the doors.
Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Aristotle Athari are not expected to return for the famed NBC variety show’s 48th season, Variety reported Thursday. Moffat and Villaseñor became “SNL” fixtures in 2016. Athari spent one year as a featured player.
Their departures would follow news of better known comedy veterans Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney deciding they would no longer be checking into 30 Rock on weekends.
Moffat, 40, formally became a cast-member in 2018. He has played President Biden and Eric Trump. Villaseñor, a 34-year-old California native, is best known for her impersonations of popstars Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. Athari is the first Muslim-born performer to join “SNL.” The 31-year-old funnyman came to NBC via the HBO program “Silicon Valley” where he played an obnoxious tech executive.
Lorne Michaels, who helped launch “SNL” in 1975, told CBS’ “Good Morning America” last month that he’d like to see the show reach the half-century mark, but that may be enough.
“I’d like to see that through and I have a feeling that would be a really good time to leave,” the 77-year-old producer said.
Longtime “SNL” player Kenan Thompson told the Daily News in June that he’s considered leaving the show over the years, but if Michaels wants to keep going, he’s game.
“It keeps coming up that I feel like my presence is requested back on the show, so who am I not to oblige such a legendary institution?” Thompson said.
No start date has been announced for the start of the new “SNL” season. Season 47 began on Oct. 7, 2021.