Jenny Slate May Not Be Returning to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, But Abby Elliot Will Be Back

     September 7, 2010

There’s been a lot of moving and shaking with the cast of Saturday Night Live from Will Forte’s departure to the addition of several new cast members. Now it looks like we’ve got some more updates and the changing of the guard as Deadline has heard that Jenny Slate may not be returning for the sketch comedy show’s 36th season. Her removal from the cast may have been a long time coming after her debut last fall brought along a surprise F-bomb during the live broadcast, but likely this is simply because the young comedienne hasn’t brought a whole lot of memorable characters to the series.

At the same time, apparently Abby Elliott (daughter of SNL veteran Chris Elliott) was recently in “serious jeopardy” of not returning this season, but all that has been completely reversed. One has to wonder if it has anything to do with the rumor that she’s dating longtime cast member Fred Armisen. I don’t want to be a gossip monger, but that’s quite a convenient turn of events for Elliot. I suppose if I had to choose based on their comedic talents alone that I would end up choosing Elliott over Slate anyway, so there you go. Hopefully Slate won’t have a hard time recovering from this blow, but her exposure and talents likely haven’t gone unnoticed and we could very well end up seeing her in some supporting comedy roles down the road.