Andy Samberg has confirmed reports that he will be leaving Saturday Night Live, ending his seven-year run on the show. This is sad news for many fans; after all, his digital shorts have become a staple of every episode! But it was bound to happen sooner or later. The comedian has grown too big for his britches and wants to move on to other projects, following in the steps of other former cast members-turned-movie-stars such as Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and, most recently, Kristin Wiig (who also just announced her decision to leave the show). Jason Sudeikis is the third cast member leaving the show after this season.
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Andy Samberg said, "It wasn't a decision I made lightly or quickly. I will miss everyone...but it was time. I won't lie and say I'm not nervous about what happens next but you have to move forward." His first project? Playing Adam Sandler's son That's My Boy, which opens in just two weeks. He has had bit parts in some other movies (I Love You Man, Friends With Benefits) and is already working on two other movies that will be released in 2013.
Of course Samberg will be fine on his new career, but what about SNL? He played a key role in helping the show "transition to the digital age" with his hilarious digital shorts, "which became a pop culture fixture and even won an Emmy." SNL will probably welcome some new cast members and create some new loveable characters as they always have, but nothing can replace those digital shorts. Hopefully Samberg will humor his fans and keep making them, no matter how big a star he becomes.