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When Season 47 of Saturday Night Live came to an end in May 2022, multiple surprise exits were part of the finale festivities. Among those now-former stars were the rumored-to-be-leaving Aidy Bryant, who had been a celebrated staple on the variety sketch series since 2012. Now that the comedian and Shrill creator has stepped away from her longtime gig, Bryan has opened up about initially wanting to leave the show years earlier, and why it didn’t happen.
Aidy Bryant discussed her time on SNL and beyond while speaking with Variety, saying that, like many people around the world, she found her entire life upended by the pandemic, which inevitably made it hard for her to quit when she wanted to. If not for COVID, Bryant’s exit would have presumably come back in 2020. (I think even she’d hesitate to call that a silver lining, exactly, even if she has spoken about finding light in dark times.) But it seemed to have worked out for the better, as she said: