Andy Samberg is Leaving 'SNL'

'Something about it just feels like it’s the moment'

Andy Samberg on 'Saturday Night Live.'
Dana Edelson/NBC
June 2, 2012 9:01 AM ET

While Kristen Wiig received a teary, Rolling Stones-soundtracked farewell on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, it turns out that she's not the only longtime cast member making a departure.

Andy Samberg announced on Friday that he will not be returning to the show next season, the New York Times reports.

"It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told the Times, confirming rumors that have been circulating for the last few months. "Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."

Samberg has just completed his seventh season on the show, and recently marked the milestone of his 100th Digital Short, the often-viral video franchise that he produces with his Lonely Island collaborators Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Their first big hit, "Lazy Sunday," lead to other memorable rap and slow-jam sensations like "I'm on a Boat" and the Emmy Award-winning "Dick in a Box."  Samberg's "Lazy Sunday" partner Chris Parnell returned in the season finale for a reprise of that first smash, with at least one line alluding to an exit:

"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."

Samberg told the Times that Kristen Wiig's departure had some influence on his decision.

"She kept saying it just feels like it’s her time," Samberg said. "I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Movies Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.