Why is Kate McKinnon Leaving SNL

Kate McKinnon has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live since 2012.

Kate McKinnon is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons. She made the announcement on Twitter, writing: “The biggest thank you to Lorne, the writers and all of the talented and funny people who have made SNL my home and family. And thank you for letting me be a part of this tradition that I have loved since I was a little girl.”

The 35-year-old actress is best known for her impersonations of Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justin Bieber. She won an Emmy in 2016 for her portrayal of Clinton during the presidential election.

“I am grateful beyond measure to have had this opportunity,” she said in a statement. “I will miss being part of the wonderful SNL family – and creating in that incredible environment.”

What does Kate McKinnon’s departure mean for SNL?

“SNL” has struggled to find its footing without former cast members like Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis (who also left after eight seasons). The show has already lost two other mainstays this season: co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.