It’s official: Andy Samberg is leaving Saturday Night Live

By | June 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm | 3 comments | feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

Even before Saturday Night Live‘s season finale aired on May 19 — when seven-year veteran Kristen Wiig said goodbye to the show — there had been speculation Andy Samberg was getting ready to make his own exit. And today it became official.

“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life,” Samberg told The New York Times. “Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”

Samberg went on to tell Times writer Dave Itzkoff that Wiig helped him come to the decision. “She kept saying it just feels like it’s her time,” Samberg said. “I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do.”

Over the last six years, Samberg has established himself as a solid sketch player and perhaps more importantly, helped create and foster one the show’s most popular recurring segments: SNL‘s Digital Shorts, on which he collaborated with Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer; together, the trio is Grammy-nominated musical comedy group The Lonely Island. The questions is: Will the Digital Short still exist without Samberg?

The other question is when is Jason Sudeikis going to announce his exit? He’s the third and last veteran SNL castmember who is not expected to return when the show starts its 38th season in a few months. As for Samberg, we’ll be seeing plenty of him. He’s starring opposite of Adam Sandler in the comedy That’s My Boy, in theaters June 15. But for now, let’s check out the Digital Short, “Lazy Sunday 2,” which aired during the season 37 finale.

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  • Hunter Lehr

    Ummm, Richard, Fred Armisen is the sole Obama impersonator. While another cast member may pick it up just as Bush was traded off several times amongst players, I think they will not boot him out of the show unless he wants to.

    And what the author meant by the ‘other veteran SNLer left to go’ is that he’s the other veteran that’s been speculated and rumored to leave. If you’re going to pick on an older cast member, why not Kenan? He’s served no real purpose for years now.

    The main error I’ve seen in this article is that it was stated Samberg’s been involved for the past six years. That’s wrong, it’s been seven seasons. But it’s just splitting hairs, whatevs.

  • Tom

    The show is awful anyway they should either cancel it or overhaul the writing staff. 

  • Richard B

    Sudeikis is the other veteran SNLer left to go? 
    No, no, no. Let’s cut through this horsecrap. Fred Armisen was a cast member when Jimmy Fallon was a cast member, not to mention the fact that Armisen has his own sketch comedy series to fall back on. Jason should stay, but it’s Fred’s time to go.

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