For a while, it has seemed like the writing was on the wall for Fred Armisen and NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.' While neither party would come right out and say it, it appeared obvious that he would be joining the mass exodus at the show, joining Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader as departures heading into the new season.
The rumors have become fact, as Armisen has confirmed his departure from the show after 11 seasons.
"I think it's clear," Armisen said. "I didn't do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious. An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne and to the cast. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion."
The big ending he mentions is a sketch from May where he played Ian Rubish and was joined by musicians including Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. Also joining him was his 'Portlandia' co-star Carrie Brownstein.
Last month, Lorne Michaels professed ignorance on if Armisen and Sudeikis were really leaving the show or not.
“I think they’re making their decisions, and we’ll know soon enough," he said.
Sure enough, now we know.
Will you miss Armisen on the show?