In a new interview, Saturday Night Live Veteran Aidy Bryant opens up about her decision to walk away after a 10-season run — and what kept her from leaving NBC’s venerable sketch series even sooner.
“If it hadn’t been for COVID, I probably would have left a few years earlier,” Bryant told our sister pub Variety. “But it was a huge change. When COVID hit [during Season 45]it was so shocking that we were all like, “I’m definitely going to come back next year.” “And after missing half of Season 46 to shoot the third and final season of his Hulu comedy AcuteBryant decided to return for season 47.
“I kept trying to look for a normal senior year,” she explains. “This year has not been normal [COVID-free] year I was hoping for, but it was closer to that…. And 10 looked like a nice solid round number.
Remarking on his latest sketch, the recurring segment of the “Trendsetters” weekend update opposite Bowen Yang, Bryant admits, “I was scared I was going to…break down and cry completely. It was very joyful and I felt incredibly fortified to have Bowen and [Michael] Che next to me because they know me and know how considered it was for me to go there.
Bryant, along with Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney, are rumored to be dating SNL ahead of the May 21 final. Davidson confirmed his departure in a preview statement, writing in part, “I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone to SNL my life. I’m so grateful and wouldn’t be here without them. He went on to appear one last time at the Update Desk, while McKinnon and Mooney were kicked out via a “Final Encounter” and a commercial for “Grey Adult Pigtails”.
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