Aidy Bryant talks about her departure from SNL and says she is ‘leaving with so much love’


Aidy Bryant says she’s leaving Saturday Night Live ‘with so much love’… and would ‘definitely’ return to host the show

Aidy Bryant has spoken about leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live during an interview with Variety.

The 35-year-old performer discussed several aspects of her departure and pointed out that she would be happy to return to the program in a different capacity in the future.

The Shrill actress was also accompanied by Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney, who all departed the program at the end of its 47th and most recent season.

Being honest: Aidy Bryant spoke about leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live during an interview with Variety; she is seen earlier this month

Being honest: Aidy Bryant spoke about leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live during an interview with Variety; she is seen earlier this month

Bryant began by expressing that she had been planning on leaving Saturday Night Live for an extended period of time prior to the start of the pandemic.

‘If it weren’t for COVID, I probably would have left a few years earlier. But it was such a huge change,’ she said.

She also noted that this past run with the show felt more akin to what she would have expected from a final lap. 

‘I kept trying to seek one last normal year. This year wasn’t the normal year that I hoped for, but it was closer to that,’ she said.

Fine with it: The Shrill star noted that this past run with the show felt more akin to what she would have expected from a final lap

Fine with it: The Shrill star noted that this past run with the show felt more akin to what she would have expected from a final lap

Bryant made a point of remarking that she was happy about what she had achieved with the program and that she still supported its cast. 

‘I didn’t want it to come off like I was leaving angrily. I am leaving with so much love,’ she stated.

She also spoke about saying goodbye to the show during one of its Weekend Update segments, stating: ‘I was worried I was going to really crack it wide open and fully be crying. It felt very joyful.’

Bryant expressed that Saturday Night Live’s producers would likely have an easy time finding new talent to replace her and the other cast members who left at the end of the season.

On screen: She also spoke about saying goodbye to the show during one of its Weekend Update segments, stating: 'I was worried I was going to really crack it wide open and fully be crying. It felt very joyful'

On screen: She also spoke about saying goodbye to the show during one of its Weekend Update segments, stating: ‘I was worried I was going to really crack it wide open and fully be crying. It felt very joyful’

‘It’s been around forever, so it doesn’t need you. It’s like a machine that’s already working without you,’ she stated.

The performer noted that she would still be keeping up with the show, as she said: ‘I would be sad to not watch it. Also, I’m so excited for this cast. There are so many of us leaving, it’s going to create more space for people to shine.’

When asked if she would be interested in hosting the program, Bryant stated: ‘Definitely. But that’s up to them.’ 

Interested: When asked if she would be interested in hosting the program, Bryant stated: 'Definitely. But that's up to them'

Interested: When asked if she would be interested in hosting the program, Bryant stated: ‘Definitely. But that’s up to them’

The actress initially joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during its 38th season, which aired in 2012.

She was first nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the program in 2018.

Bryant was put up for the same distinction in 2021, although she lost to Hannah Waddingham for her performance in Ted Lasso.

Starting off strong: The actress initially joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during its 38th season, which aired in 2012; she is seen with Seth Meyers earlier this month

Starting off strong: The actress initially joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during its 38th season, which aired in 2012; she is seen with Seth Meyers earlier this month

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