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Why Wasn't Cheri Oteri Involved in 'SNL 40'? She Explains Here!

Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary celebration aired this past weekend, and Twitter was noticeably upset when former cast member Cheri Oteri was not involved.

The 52-year-old comedian, known for playing Spartan cheerleader Ariana, grouchy neighbor Rita DelVecchio, hyper child Althea McMahonaman, and more on SNL, went on Watch What Happened Live! to explain her absence.

“To be fair, I have to say that I wasn’t originally able to go,” Cheri said, “and then just a couple of days ago, I was able to pull it together. I really enjoyed the show, but the after-party when Prince sang with the B-52s with [Kate Pierson], I was like, ‘Woo!’”

She also revealed the person that got the most drunk at the after party. Watch below!

Why Wasn’t Cheri Oteri Involved in ‘SNL 40′?

'SNL' Ladies Past & Present Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Fun Tidbets & More!

The ladies and current cast members from Saturday Night Live are highlighted in this extensive feature for Glamour magazine’s issue celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary.

The feature includes Laraine Newman, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Sasheer Zamata, Jane Curtin, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Rachel Dratch, Michael Che, Aidy Bryant, Casey Wilson, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Taran Killam.

Here’s what the cast had to share:

Kristen, on auditioning for SNL: “Auditioning for SNL is the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. It was terrifying.”

Amy, on doing scenes with her fellow female cast members: “Every time I did a scene with the other ladies, it felt like a highlight. And if it was a stinker, it was almost more fun to think about how we would laugh about it later.”

Tina, on succeeding at SNL: “It’s understood that everyone comes in and has to write for themselves. That’s the difference between getting handed the part of the stewardess and getting to play what you think is funny. You’re not going to stay up all night to give yourself one wife line.”

For more from the cast, visit More Here! »

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Kathy Griffin & Cheryl Hines Celebrate the Groundlings 40th Anniversary

Kathy Griffin and Cheryl Hines celebrate at the Groundlings 40th Anniversary Gala held at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on Sunday evening (June 1) in West Hollywood, Calif.

Also in attendance at the event were Ashley Bell, Cheri Oteri, and Rachael Harris.

The Groundlings is an improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences for over 40 years. The school has been the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers, including many of these ladies and many of the Saturday Night Live cast members.

20+ pictures inside of celebs attending the anniversary gala… More Here! »

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Cheri Oteri's Father Murdered

The father of Saturday Night Live alumnus Cheri Oteri was stabbed to death by his songwriting partner/roommate on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Authorities have arrested and charged Richard William Fagan with criminal homicide in the death of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri. The incident reportedly took place at Fagan‘s home in South Nashville.

Cheri, 45, has been informed of her father’s death, according to police.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Oteri family.