Friday evening Andy Samberg confirmed to the New York Times that this was his last season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. The news comes after months of rumors that Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis were all leaving the show.
Wiig, of course, is leaving and was given an emotional send off – with music by Mick Jagger and the Arcade Fire - in this season’s finale episode. But such official on air farewells are rare on SNL, and the fact that Wiig was given one is a testament to how central she was to this era of the show.
However, there were plenty of on-the-air indications that Samberg was leaving within the last few SNL episodes. Recent digital shorts included a 100th digital short which packed in references and cameos connected to almost all of the previous digital shorts, and the ultimate “Laser Cats” short starring Steven Spielberg himself. Most notably, the season finale included the digital short “Lazy Sunday 2″ with Chris Parnell, an update of “Lazy Sunday,” the Samberg/Parnell joke rap video which started the whole Digital Short craze.
Samberg’s film career has been limited so far. His one starring role, Hot Rod, failed to earn popular or critical success. But he does have a few starring roles in films lined up. He’s starring as Adam Sandler’s son (born when Sandler’s character was 13) in That’s My Boy and is the lead in a “romantic dramedy” with Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever, that’s getting a lot of good buzz from film festivals.
There’s still no official word on whether Jason Sudeikis will be coming back next season.