Saturday nights just got a little less lively. Vanessa Bayer is leaving Saturday Night Live after seven seasons on the show. Currently the show’s longest-serving female cast member, Bayer announced her departure on Saturday via Instagram, just hours before her last show’s taping.
An alum of Chicago’s Second City, Bayer joined the show in 2010, working her way up from featured player to full-on repertory status in just two years. During her time at SNL, Bayer honed her signature sweetness-with-a-dark-twist shtick, introducing audiences to memorable characters that had us ROFL, such as Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy andchild actress Laura Parsons. She also delivered spot-on impressions of celebs, including Miley Cyrus and Rachel Green from Friends.
But Bayer wasn’t the only cast mate saying goodbye during last night’s SNL season finale.
Bobby Moynihan, known for creating laugh-out-loud characters like Drunk Uncle and Riblet during his nine-year stint on the show, also took his final bow on the SNL stage, joining Bayer in the show’s closing sketch poking fun at the slapdash skits put together by graduating seniors to bid farewell to their high schools.
On Saturday, Bayer took to Instagram to thank SNL “for 7 years of laughs, love, and incredible memories,” posting a page from a “goodbye sketch” penned by cast mate Colin Jost.
And Jost isn’t the only SNL cast member sad to see Bayer go. On the heels of Bayer’s official Instagram announcement, fellow funny woman Kate McKinnon tweeted out just what Bayer means to her.
We couldn’t agree more, Kate. We love you, Vanessa!