As predicted, "Saturday Night Live" is bidding farewell to another beloved cast member as Andy Samberg confirms that he's not returning to the sketch comedy show.
The long-running NBC series confirmed the news on its Twitter account Friday, posting, "Flying our Wiener Flags at half-mast, #Samberg officially not returning next season," along with a link to one of Samberg's classic digital shorts, "D*** in a Box."
The 33-year-old actor told the New York Times that same day that while it's not "a huge shock" that he's leaving, this is still "an incredibly strange and emotional time in my life."
The decision to depart was "one of the hardest ... I've ever made," Samberg added, noting that Kristen Wiig, who had her own goodbye segment on "SNL's" season finale last month, helped him make the choice.
"She kept saying it just feels like it's her time," Samberg told the NYT. "I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it's the moment."
Reflecting on his seven seasons on "SNL" with MTV, he said he'll certainly miss the people he worked with.
"['SNL' is] like, going to war or being on a sports team," Samberg said. "It's just everyone working towards this common goal at full speed. When you lift your head up and go out into the world, you kind of realize, you'll always be nicely shell-shocked in a way that only the people who did it with you can understand. I'll definitely miss having such an amazing outlet and being able to do comedy on such a storied show that everyone pays attention to."
The actor's already lining up other projects, and he'll star alongside Adam Sandler in the upcoming "That's My Boy," which opens June 15.
I hope he'll make other shorts on the side. Adam and Justin make a good team.
I will miss staring at Samberg, trying to figure out just how big his shlong is.
I wont miss anything about SNL because it has sucked ass since the mid 80's
I didn't know that they were still on the air.
I googled him just because his name looks like Adam Sandlers,and then I noticed he was the antichrist in American Dad.
"Later world,Smell my ass"
Maybe he can get movie roles now and make enough money to get his teeth fixed...
I didnt even realize this show was still on the air. Never heard of this clownshoe sandberg.
That's because it's "Samberg" moron, not Sandberg...
Let's hope he doesn't go the same route as people like Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Julia Sweeney, Chris Kattan, and the countless other SNL cast members who never amounted to squat. It almost happened to Jimmy Fallon and he was loved on the show.
I will miss Andy. I hope he still makes the comedy music I like along with his other hollywood projects.
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