Aidy Bryant is sharing the reason behind her exit. Bryant told that the COVID-19 pandemic played a major role in her staying on the show longer than she originally planned.«If it weren’t for COVID, I probably would have left a few years earlier.
But it was such a huge change. When COVID hit, it was so jarring that we were all like, 'I’m definitely going to come back next year.' And then I had to shoot for half of last season, and so I missed a lot,» Bryant explained. «And then it was like, 'Well, now I should go back one more.'»In an effort to get one last «normal year,» Bryant stuck around, making season 47 the 9th and final season of her 10-year-run on the iconic sketch comedy series.«I kept trying to seek one last normal year.
This year wasn’t the normal year that I hoped for, but it was closer to that. It was like, 'OK, it’s really time now.' And 10 felt like a nice, solid round number,» she added.As for telling the show's creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, that she was leaving, Bryant said she was «scared» to come off like she was «leaving angrily.»«Maybe in March or April, I went to his office and was like, 'I gotta talk to you.' I was scared because I feel close to him and so grateful to him.