Abby Elliot Not Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’

ALTEveryone knew that Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg were leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of this past season, but now comes the surprise news that Abby Elliot won’t be returning either. An all-purpose player, Elliot has been doing celebrity impersonations on the show for four years, lampooning stars like Anna Faris, Zooey Deschanel, and, famously, Khloe Kardashian.

While Elliot has been getting roles in movies (like No Strings Attached and the upcoming High Road) she’s not necessarily leaving for another gig. She initially thought about leaving the show when being cast as the female lead in Fox’s sitcom Ben and Kate, a role that was eventually recast with Dakota Johnson (sorry, lady, but there’s only room enough for one Dakota in Hollywood).

Since she’s not working on a TV show, maybe it’s time for Abbey to get together with her dad Chris Elliot and bring back Get a Life? Guess not. So, until then, let us remember Abbey for her genius, including this light skewering of none other than Ms. Meryl Streep.

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After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).