Kristen Wiig Gives Thumbs Up to New 'SNL' Hires

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Kristen Wiig may not have a handle on online dating--as clearly depicted in the above video--but she does have a handle on the new SNL cast hires. In addition to new cast member Sasheer Zamata, who was just hired following criticism of the show for not having a black woman on board, Saturday Night Live has also hired on two new writers. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones recently joined the gang at SNL and their debut work will air on January 18th.

"I am excited about the new hire — it's great," Wiig said of Sasheer Zamata joining the cast. She also praised Lorne Michaels, the mastermind behind Saturday Night Live.

"He's incredibly smart, he changed my life, " the Secret Life of Water Mitty star said. "He's just an incredible man."

Spoils of Babylon, which Wiig presently stars in, was even created by former SNL writers. The show is definitely in her blood, despite having left her role as a main cast member.

Kristen Wiig has performed on 136 episodes of SNL throughout the years. Fans--and the cast and crew--love it when she returns for guest appearances.

Some of her other characters will live on in the memories of her devoted fans as well. Who could ever forget Gilly?

"The lessons I've learned in how to write, perform in an ensemble, be a part of a group and have that sort of a family mentality is something that I feel very fortunate that I got to experience and take with me," she says of her time at SNL.

It no doubt gives viewers renewed faith in the show to know that Kristen Wiig approves of the new hires there--both those the fans will see on air and those behind the scenes as well. If even one of these new hires has the talent and tenacity Wiig has displayed during her career, then the coming seasons will continue providing late night laughs, for a long time to come.

Unfortunately fans probably won't look to Kristen for advice on online dating. Do you suppose that has improved any since her visit with Jimmy Kimmel?

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.