Report: Indy native Sasheer Zamata leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Indianapolis native Sasheer Zamata is leaving NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Zamata joined the SNL cast in January 2014. Her hire came on the heels of criticism against the show’s lack of diversity. Earlier that season, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson made comments about the absence and it was joked about onscreen when Kerry Washington of “Scandal” was a guest host.

Zamata was the first black woman on the show’s cast since Maya Rudolph left in 2007 and only the fifth in the show’s 40 year history, according to the Associated Press.

She graduated from Pike High School in 2004, and went on to graduate from the University of Virginia. She also did improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade, where fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler was a founding member.

Zamata’s Twitter feed has made no mention of her departure, but she did post a photo to her Instagram account saying, “What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL”.

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