This summer has seen the departures of two rather prominent Saturday Night Live regulars, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. Wiig, who appeared in last year's hit comedy film Bridesmaids, made her emotional departure from the series in the 37th season finale. Samberg, meanwhile, announced that he would be leaving the series a few weeks afterward. The two had been rumored to depart, along with another Saturday Night Live cast member: Jason Sudeikis.
Sudeikis, 36, has been on the fence regarding a potential departure from the series for months. It's possible that the comedian will at least reprise his role as presidential candidate Mitt Romney (and possibly Vice President Joe Biden) in the lead-up to November's presidential election, but beyond that, his continued role on the series is in doubt.
Sudeikis, for one, wants a greater creative role on the series if he decides to return. "I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that... haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there," he told the Los Angeles Times. "It could be some sort of title change."
That's what it would take for him to stick around, he maintains: "To stay [on the show] just for the juice of being in the public eye - of being Mitt Romney - is not enough."
The comedian, who starred in the 2011 comedies Hall Pass and Horrible Bosses, wants to movie on to bigger and better things with his career. "You start at SNL when you're young and hungry, but I don't want my pro years to be my SNL years," he said, hinting at an exit.
SNL cast members Seth Meyers and Kenan Thompson have been on SNL for longer than Sudeikis. Meyers currently serves as the show's head writer.
Sudeikis appears in the new Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign, which opened in theaters this weekend.
What do you think? Should Sudeikis play a greater role within SNL, or is it time for him to hit the road?
SNL will return for season 38 in September.