Saturday Night Live: Sudeikis, Samberg Might Not Exit

Saturday's season finale of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Mick Jagger, saw the official exit of star Kristen Wiig. The actress and comedienne shared a tearful farewell with the rest of the show's cast members in a musical number played by Arcade Fire. It was surprisingly touching, but it also brought up a bit of a mystery: What about Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis? 

When news broke of Wiig's potential departure a couple of months ago, two other names were being tossed around. Veteran players Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg were reportedly leaving the series as well to focus on other pursuits. It was sort of a shocking announcement, given the caliber of all three actors, but following Saturday's finale, only Wiig is confirmed as being out. So what gives? Can we expect to see Samberg and Sudeikis back in the fall, or are they gone for good? As it turns out... We don't know. 

"You never know," SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Wrap. "I think everyone gets through the season and just the level of fatigue by the end is just overwhelming, and it's a very emotional time. I've had a rule since the second season, which is to not make any decisions in June. We'll see in July."

A source had recently responded to the rumors of the trio's departure with a simple quote: "No decisions will be made until later this summer." That still stands for Samberg and Sudeikis, it seems. 

Samberg, perhaps most popular for making SNL's Digital Shorts as part of the comedy trio The Lonely Island, was the star of the 100th Digital Short on Saturday, "Lazy Sunday 2," which featured the likes of Justin Beiber, Julian Casablancas, Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton, Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake, Lorne Michaels, Usher, and Will Ferrell. Samberg will star in next month's film That's My Boy, playing the son of former SNL star Adam Sandler. 

Sudeikis, meanwhile, is starring in August's The Campaign, alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. He headlined two of last year's hit comedy films, Hall Pass and Horrible Bosses. 

Saturday Night Live, with or without Samberg and Sudeikis, will return in the fall. 


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- Lorne Michaels
- Andy Samberg
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Written by: mcpherson
May 22nd, 2012, 3:11 pm


Message Posted On May 27th, 2012, 8:13 pm
give room for some new talent SNL is famous for not ready for primetime player

Message Posted On May 24th, 2012, 4:03 pm
Love Kristen Wiig- but why didn't someone help her with her Paula Deen accent?

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Message Posted On May 22nd, 2012, 11:50 pm

So sorry to see Kristin leave but she is so talented.. right up there with the likes of Lucille Ball, in fact she's probably her reincarnation. One of the funniest female comediennes to come around in a really long time. Good luck to her !

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