Abby Elliott 'SNL' departure surprises fans

Actress and cast member on "Saturday Night Live," Actress and cast member on "Saturday Night Live," Abby Elliott attends a special screening of "The Lucky One", hosted by The Cinema Society and Men's Health, at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan. (April 19, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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LOS ANGELES - Another one bites the dust.

In an interview with the comedy website Splitsider, Saturday Night Live cast member Abby Elliott made the surprise announcement that she will not be returning to the long-running sketch comedy show this fall. Elliott first joined SNL as a featured player during its 2008 season.

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NBC declined to comment, but a person with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed the news.

Elliott is the latest cast member to leave in what is shaping up to be a big transitional year for SNL. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg both left the show earlier this year, and star Jason Sudeikis has repeatedly hinted at his desire to move on.

But Elliotts exit is more surprising. Known for her skillful impressions of stars such as Zooey Deschanel and Angelina Jolie, Elliott was poised to fill the void left by Wiig.

Elliott is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott, whose own stint on SNL was even shorter: He was a member of the shows ill-fated 1994-1995 cast.

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