TV: Jason Sudeikis is leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
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During a taping for Late Show with David Letterman, Jason Sudeikis confirmed he will not return to Saturday Night Live for its 39th season.

“I’m definitely done; I’m not coming back next fall,” Sudeikis said.

Sudeikis has been a member of SNL for 10 seasons, two spent writing and eight on camera. His exit follows the departures of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen who both left after the 38th season finale in May. Seth Meyers is also expected to leave the Weekend Update desk before 2014 in order to prepare to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon who is to soon headline The Tonight Show.

According to Variety, this foursome’s exit can be detrimental to the show.

“The quadruple exit leaves SNL in the unenviable position of having to recruit multiple new gentlemen,” Variety‘s Andrew Wallenstein wrote. “Even if all the new entries turn out to be the next Will Ferrells, it’s a lot of new blood to take in at once. Few new cast members ever have an instant impact on SNL; it can take years for rookies to really grow into their own skin.”

Sudeikis wanted to quit last season but producer Lorne Michaels convinced him to stay.

Sudeikis is expected to focus on his film career, including the upcoming comedy We’re the Millers, which will premiere Aug. 9.

On Letterman, Sudeikis joked about missing SNL when it comes closer to the time he would usually start preparing ideas for the next season.

“Can I make this sketch last 90 minutes and turn it into a movie?! Probably not,” the actor said.


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