Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Fred Armisen Is Leaving 'SNL' Too, Jason Sudeikis "Probably"

Following Tuesday's news that Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live, it looks like the show is losing at least one big cast member (if not two) following this weekend's season finale. An NBC source tells The Post that veteran cast member Fred Armisen is departing and that Jason Sudeikis will probably go, as well. Armisen has been at SNL for 11 seasons and Sudeikis for 8. Seth Meyers expected to leave in the middle of next season (December) to take over Jimmy Fallon's duties hosting NBC's Late Night, the show sure is losing a lot of cast members over the next few months.

With Hader, Armisen, potentially Sudeikis, and eventually Meyers gone, the most veteran cast member will soon be Kenan Thompson, who will be starting his 11th season this fall if he doesn't opt to leave also. He'll be followed by Bobby Moynihan, who'll be starting his sixth season in the fall and has another two years on his contract, which will keep him there through the end of the 2014-15 season. So, the show is losings its Weekend Update anchor/head writer, (former) President, and two heavy-hitter cast members, making this the biggest exodus SNL has seen since losing Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, and Chris Parnell all at once in 2006.

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  • zen weapons

    As much as I want Armisen to leave, I hope it doesn't steal the spotlight from Hader leaving. I don't really want another "best-of" episode like last week, but I want to say goodbye to a lot of Hader characters and I don't want Armisen's characters to take away from that. He has a few good sketches/characters but between the 3 of them, I hope there's room for some original stuff too. I think it's time for Kenan to take the hint, I don't hate him like most people but it bothers me when people over stay their welcome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasonfarr Jason Farr

      I always looked at someone like a Keenan Thompson staying so long because Lorne is throwing them a bone, knowing this will be the biggest thing they'll ever do.

      • Fireside

        Its a shame but I think you may well be right.

    • @jimkoman

      I like Kenan. Did not realize he's been on the show nearly 11 years. Time flies when you're having fun, don't it!?

  • Fireside

    I've only started watching SNL the past few years, I'll be sad to see all 4 mentioned above go. Armisen has had some of my favorite characters. As a Brit the punk sketch was spot on. But Hader will forever be my all round favorite. I'm going to miss him cracking up and attempting to make Seth crack up (i'm not just imagining that am I?) and Stefon I'll miss Stefon the most. I guess Kenan is my favorite out of the ones left now. It'll be interesting to see what happens next season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.rodriguez Frank Rodriguez

    This is cool since we have Portlandia. I hope Heder gets to make his own films, since I know that's his goal. Sudeikis can do um hot tub time machine.

    And the young cast members are really good so it's cool.

    • Affan Khokhar

      He works on a lot of different projects. He even does voices/is a "comedy consultant" on South Park!

  • Carson

    I like this news, actually. I really loved Hader and Sudeikis as castmembers and Armisen has done some fabulous, but SNL thrives in periods of upheaval. The exodus of 06 was one of the best things to happen to the show as the show was given to Hader, Wiig, Samberg and Sudeikis. Also, I hate when people stay on past 8 seasons. There's only one person who got better the longer he was onthe show and that's Tim Meadows.

  • Michael L

    It's a shame that they've lost so much of their talent so quickly (including Wiig and Samberg last year), but as others have said, it's for the best. Nothing is worse for SNL than talent who hangs around a bit too long, relying on the same old schtick and weak characters. Hopefully, this means that some of the younger talent will step up even more, because they're only so much of Thompson and Moynihan than we can take.