WATCH: ‘SNL’ loses another big name as Jason Sudeikis confirms departure

July 25, 2013

The most famous faces on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” continue to say goodbye, as Jason Sudeikis — who has been performing on the show for eight seasons — confirmed on Wednesday that he will not be returning in the fall.


Jason Sudeikis (Dana Edelson/AP Photo/NBC)

That makes Sudeikis the latest in a line of popular performers (Bill Hader, Fred Armisen) who have announced that they won’t be back for the show’s 39th season . Seth Meyers, of course, just landed the “Late Night” talk show gig, so he’s not long for the “SNL” world; though he says he will stay on through the fall season.

Rumors had been swirling for months that Sudeikis was done, though he decided to make the news official during an interview on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman.”

“Yeah, no, I’m definitely done,” Sudeikis confirmed.

“Really?” Letterman seemed surprised.

“Yeah, I’m going to leave,” Sudeikis said. “I’m not coming back next fall.”

Letterman was suspicious. “Now, do they know that?”

Sudeikis paused.

“I mean, have you run this by someone?” Letterman pressed, presumably meaning NBC, or “SNL” head honcho Lorne Michaels.

“I don’t know what kind of ratings you’re getting these days — but, I mean, I would hope someone would, you know, would tell them after this point,” Sudeikis, not really answering the question.

“No, you should have called first,” scolded Letterman.

Post-Sudeikis, and not including the one-foot-out-the-door Meyers, the current remaining “SNL” cast members include: Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad and Kenan Thompson, who has been on the show for eight years. Joining them are the featured players Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Kate McKinnon.

Watch the video of Sudeikis here:

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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