It looks like "Lazy Sundays," "Laser Cats" and other digital short favorites
will go by the wayside on "Saturday Night Live,"
as Andy Samberg has confirmed to The
New York Times that he is indeed leaving the live NBC sketch show that launched
"It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told
the Times on Friday. "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially
decide not to come back." He adds that leaving the show was "one of the hardest
decisions I've ever made."
Next to the end-of-season departure of Kristen Wiig, Samberg's "SNL" reign
lasted seven seasons and was highlighted by his many digital shorts that
featured such stars as Justin Timberlake, Steven Spielberg and Natalie Portman
singing and getting silly, not to mention the comedic hip-hop group the Lonely
Island with Samberg's frequent collaborators Jorma Taccone and Akiva
Still, Samberg hopes he can make occasional contributions to the show:
"That's the kind of thing that I really do hope happens," he said.
Samberg will next be seen on the big screen opposite Adam Sandler in the comedy "That's My
Boy" as well as "Celeste and Jesse Forever."
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