Report: Abby Elliott Quitting 'SNL'
It appears Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg will have company
Abby Elliott is reportedly following Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg out the "Saturday Night Live" backstage door. The website Splitsider.com is reporting that her departure, after four years, is confirmed.
Earlier this year, according to Deadline, Elliott landed the lead in a FOX pilot called "Ben Fox is My Manny," which got picked up as "Ben and Kate." Regardless, Elliott's decision comes as a surprise to most insiders. Cast members don't usually abandon "SNL" -- at least by their own choice -- before becoming one of its top stars. And Wiig's exit was expected to give Elliott just that chance, considering the void of female roles it left to be filled.
Elliott, who joined the cast in 2008, was the first second-generation cast member in "SNL" history. (Her father, Chris Elliott, featured in the 1994-1995 season.)
"Saturday Night Live" returns for a 38th season in September on NBC.