Just hours ahead of the “Saturday Night Live” Season 42 finale, Vanessa Bayer has announced she is leaving the sketch comedy series after seven seasons, Variety has confirmed. This casting news comes just two days after Bobby Moynihan shared he was departing after nine seasons on the late-night staple.
“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories,” she posted on Instagram. “It has been a dream come true.”
Bayer also posted an image of a sketch written by Colin Jost, saying “Thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table.”
Saturday night’s “SNL” hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Katy Perry as musical guest will mark the final appearances for both Moynihan and Bayer.
Bayer had been with the NBC variety show since 2010 where she spent two years as a featured player before being promoted to repertory during Season 38. She is currently the longest-serving female cast member.
Some of Bayer’s most iconic characters and celebrity impressions include Miley Cyrus, Rachel from “Friends,” Jacob the bar mitzvah boy on “Weekend Update,” and Rebecca Stern-Markowicz, co-host of “J-Pop America Fun Time Now.” During her tenure on “SNL,” Bayer was twice nominated for an Online Film & Television Association Award, and earned an American Comedy Award nod as well. She also had a main role in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck.”
“Saturday Night Live” airs simultaneously on both coasts tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST on NBC.
Deadline first broke the news of Bayer’s exit.