Andy Samberg made it official on June 1: He's leaving "Saturday Night Live" after eight seasons on the sketch comedy show.
"It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told The New York Times on June 1. "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."
The comedian - famous for creating the popular "Digital Shorts" like "D**k in a Box" and "Mother Lovers" with Justin Timberlake - follows fellow castmate Kristen Wiig on exiting the show. She officially announced that it was time to leave during the final episode of the season.
"She kept saying it just feels like it's her time," Samberg told the Times, adding that he could relate to that. He also gave an indication that he was going to leave in the lyrics to his last Digital Short, "Lazy Sunday 2."
"On these New York streets I hone my fake rap penmanship / That's how it began, and that's how I'm-a finish it."
So, what's next for the pair?
Samberg has a busy summer ahead with two new films "That's My Boy" and "Celeste and Jesse Forever." He'll (hopefully) continue making music with his Lonely Island cohorts (and fellow "SNL" writers) Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer.
As for Wiig, the funnywoman showed she has the power to carry a film with last year's runaway hit "Bridesmaids." Now, she's filming "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" with Ben Stiller. The pair was recently spotted filming the show in Midtown Manhattan right across the street from her former NBC home at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Other projects on her plate include the animated movies "Despicable Me 2" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2," along with "Imogene," "Freezing People is Easy" and "The Comedian."
It seems like Wiig's future as a leading lady is certain, but whether Samberg can carry a film on his own has yet to be seen. We hope they both have the same success as other "SNL" alumni like Eddie Murphy and Jimmy Fallon - oh, and that they come back to host the show that made them famous. That is, if they're up for it.
"Well, hopefully things will work out well enough that they'll want me," Samberg told The Times.
There is still one "SNL" cast member who is rumored to be leaving the show, Jason Sudeikis, though he hasn't announced anything yet. He's had success with movies like "Horrible Bosses," so he has a future on the screen. Will he stay or go? To be continued…
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