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Kristen Wiig on Leaving 'SNL': 'It Just Felt Like the Right Time'

Comedian always planned on leaving after seven seasons

July 11, 2012 2:45 PM ET
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In a new interview with Marie Claire, Kristen Wiig reveals why she left Saturday Night Live and that she had always planned on exiting after seven seasons. "I know a lot of people probably assume, 'Oh, she's leaving because she is going to be doing movies now and things like that,' which I will be," she tells the magazine. "But I just always knew it was going to be seven and that was it. I think maybe if I were 22, I could see myself staying a little bit, but it just felt like the right time."

But leaving the show that made her a star wasn't easy. "It was very emotional," she says. "I just wanted to get through it without breaking down in every sketch. Because nothing says comedy like breaking down."

Wiig and castmate Andy Samberg announced their departures from SNL after this past season, with Samberg set to star in an upcoming BBC series.

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