Andy Samberg is Leaving SNLAndy Samberg confirmed to The New York Times that he will not be returning for the 2012-2013 season of Saturday Night Live. Samberg, one of the founders of the digital shorts company Lonely Island, will be using his new free time to concentrate on feature films.
“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life,” said Samberg in an interview with NYT. “Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”
Samberg, who joined the show in 2005, is following in the footsteps of Kristen Wiig who said an emotional goodbye to the show on last season’s final episode. The other long-time cast member who could be leaving is Jason Sudeikis, however neither he nor NBC have confirmed his status.
After talking it over with Wiig, Samberg felt the time was right to step away from SNL. “Something about it just feels like it’s the moment,” said the 33 year old comedian. “My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do.”
Samberg will be seen on the big screen opposite ex-Saturday Night Live player Adam Sandler in That’s My Boy, opening June 15th.