Vanessa Bayer to depart 'SNL' after 7 seasons


Vanessa Bayer is leaving Saturday Night Live after a seven year stint on the long-running late night sketch comedy program, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bayer, the longest serving current female castmember, joined SNL as a featured member in 2010 before being promoted to a full castmember two years later. She rose to prominence on the show for her impersonation of pop star Miley Cyrus and later starred as the popular Weekend Update correspondent, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.

Bayer announced the news on her Instagram. "Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories. It has been a dream come true. And thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table, Colin," Bayer captioned a photo of lyrics to Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman" rewritten about herself, presumably by castmate Colin Jost. The rewritten lyrics reflected Bayer's time on the show with lines such as "She plays little boys but she's always a woman to me" and "She's the funniest, sunniest person you'll see then we hide like a child cuz she thinks we should try a Miley," alluding to Bayer's impersonation of the singer.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanessa Bayer, Melissa Villase�r during 'First Birthday' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Melissa Villase�r during 'First Birthday' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Pine' Episode 1723 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as Liz, Vanessa Bayer as Nadine, Chris Pine as Michael during 'HR Meeting' in studio 8H on May 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Pine' Episode 1723 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as Liz, Vanessa Bayer as Nadine, Chris Pine as Michael during 'HR Meeting' in studio 8H on May 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Pine' Episode 1723 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as Liz, Vanessa Bayer as Nadine, Chris Pine as Michael during 'HR Meeting' in studio 8H on May 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Pine' Episode 1723 -- Pictured: Vanessa Bayer as a Handmaid during 'The Handmaid's Tale' on May 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong during 'Before The Show' sketch on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Becky Vu/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Stewart' Episode 1717 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanessa Bayer, host Kristen Stewart during the 'Totinos' sketch on January 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Octavia Spencer' Episode 1719 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Vanessa Bayer as Laura Parsons during Weekend Update on March 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Villase�r, Vanessa Bayer, Felicity Jones, and Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon during the Susan B Anthony sketch on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata as reporters, and Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin during the Trump Press Conference Cold Open on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Villase�r, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Felicity Jones, and Aidy Bryant during the Susan B Anthony sketch on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon and Melissa Villase�r during 'Before The Show' sketch on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Becky Vu/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Outside of SNL, Bayer's credits include roles in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck and Office Christmas Party.

The news follows the recent announcement by fellow castmate Bobby Moynihan who will also leave the show after this week's seasonfinale after nine seasons. Moynihan will star in his own CBS show, Me, Myself and I, which was picked up to series and films in Los Angeles.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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