Saturday Night Live: Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat won’t return

Melissa Villaseñor (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour)
Melissa Villaseñor (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour) /

According to a new report, Saturday Night Live cast members Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will not return for season 48. Featured player Aristotle Athari also won’t be back.

TVLine confirmed that Villaseñor, Moffat, and Athari will not be part of the Saturday Night Live season 48 cast. Both Villaseñor and Moffat joined SNL in 2016 as featured players before getting promoted in 2018.

The trio joins a long list of SNL departures ahead of the fall premiere. We already know that Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney have officially said goodbye.

Saturday Night Live has yet to confirm its cast for season 48. That includes no word on any additions or promotions. The show is expected to premiere its new season next month.

Saturday Night Live fans expected Melissa Villaseñor to leave sooner than later

While Melissa Villaseñor remained one of the more popular cast members on Saturday Night Live, she never quite got the screen time many believed she deserved.

By all indications, Villaseñor was among those who felt she earned more time in sketches. Several subtle and overt social media posts indicated her displeasure with how often her material made it to air.

Fans picked up on most of it, so it wasn’t a complete shock to learn the talented impressionist wouldn’t return for SNL season 48. TVLine also notes that Villaseñor announced a stand-up tour that runs concurrently with the start of the new SNL season.

Alex Moffat’s departure comes as a bit more of a surprise. With two other male cast members leaving, there was a chance for more opportunities to come Moffat’s way. However, it looks like The Guy Who Just Bought a Boat got his final farewell last season.

Aristotle Athari joins the long list of featured players who never got enough momentum to stick around. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of talent, as his character Angelo resonated with fans.

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