Jason Sudeikis took to a rival network to officially announce his departure from NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Appearing on the July 24, 2013 episode of Late Show with David Letterman to promote his upcoming comedy We’re the Millers, Sudeikis confirmed what’s been rumored for months: he’s not returning for the 2013-14 season. His exit comes on the heels of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s exits, leaving producer Lorne Michaels with big shoes to fill for the 39th season of the late night comedy. Michaels will also be losing Weekend Update’s Seth Meyers halfway through the upcoming season when he leaves to host a weeknight late-show.
Sudeikis has been with SNL for 10 years (eight on camera) but when Letterman asked him how long “will a person” continue on the show, Sudeikis replied, “Well, I mean, a person can go as long as they want. I mean, Lorne [Michaels] has been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years, you know. But me, yeah, no, I’m definitely done.”
“Yeah, I’m going to leave. Yeah, I’m not coming back next fall,” added Sudeikis. However, he admitted that when it comes closer to the normal start of production on SNL‘s next season, he’ll feel the pull to return. “Yeah, you start to get that itch probably in August, where all these sketch ideas will show up and I’ll be like, ‘Well, can I make this sketch idea last 90 minutes and turn it into a movie?’ Probably not. Probably not, yeah.”
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