15 August 2012 8:33 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Well, this is a major bummer: Abby Elliott is out at Saturday Night Live.

After four seasons, the brains behind Quirky Girl With Zooey Deschanel has opted not to return for Season 38, Splitsider reports.

Her departure brings to three the number of SNL vets exiting NBC’s late-night institution; she joins previously announced bolters Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. Meanwhile, rumors persist that Jason Sudeikis is eying the exit door as well.

Questions about Elliott’s SNL future were first raised last spring when she landed the female lead in the »

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