Why Aidy Bryant stayed on ‘SNL’ longer than she wanted to

Aidy Bryant was a chapter of “Saturday Night Live” for 10 seasons, but now it’s time to say goodbye and the cabaret artist explains why.

Bryant, 35, joined the cast of the late-night sketch series for season 37 in 2012 and ended her run ten years later after season 47.

The “Shrill” star told Variety in a new profile that she wanted to leave the NBC show earlier, however, the coronavirus destroyed her plans.

“If it were not for COVID, I would probably have left a few years earlier,” she said. “But it was such a big change.”

“When COVID hit, it was so shocking that we all said, ‘I’ll definitely be back next year.’ And then I had to shoot ‘Shrill’ for half of last season, and so I missed a lot, “she continued.

Bryant noted that she felt that 10 years seemed like a good enough time on the show. “And then it was like, ‘Well, now I have to get one back.’ I kept trying to look for one last normal year. This year was not the normal year I had hoped for, but it was closer. It was like, ‘OK, it’s really time now.’ And 10 felt like a nice, solid round number, “she said.

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The star “I Feel Pretty” found it difficult to work on “SNL” and her Hulu series “Shrill” at the same time.
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“Shrill” aired three seasons on Hulu in early 2016 and Bryant wrote and also starred in the comedy series.

She explained that working on the streaming show while doing “SNL” at the same time, took a toll on her.

“Those years it was not uncommon for me to work a 12-hour day on ‘Shrill’ and then work all day on ‘SNL’ – and all night long!” se collect.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, (from left): Mike O'Brien, Aidy Bryant, Jim Parsons, 'Elevator / Mr.  Conrad's Soiled Underwear ', (Season 39, ep. 3914, released March 1, 2014).  photo: Dana Edelson / © NBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection
Mike O’Brien, Aidy Bryant and Jim Parsons in the “Elevator / Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear” sketch on “SNL” in March 2014.
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“That would be a day of 22 hours. I can no longer do that. Maybe I could in my 20s. But now I’m in my 30s, and I’m like, ‘That’s a wrap on those days,'” he said. I Feel Pretty “alum. “It felt really definitive, and I do not feel like my relationship with the show is over.”

The Arizona resident also recalled how she told “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels about her departure. “Maybe in March or April I went to his office and said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ I was scared because I felt close to him and so grateful to him.

She went on, “I did not want it to come loose when I left angry. I walk away with so much love. He was like, ‘I understand it, and it makes sense to you.’

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