Where would “Saturday Night Live” be at the moment without Kristen Wiig? At the moment, we’re not sure. For better or for worse, the show relies on Wiig more than just about any other cast member out there, and she’s also created some of the show’s best sketches or at least been a part of them (such as the recent “Liquorville” or “Real Housewives of Disney”).
With her contract expiring at the end of the season and her movie career blossoming, it’s been no surprise to anyone that Wiig could consider stepping away from the show. However, what we were surprised about was hearing her talk so candidly about the subject to frequent host Alec Baldwin during his recent “Here’s the Thing” podcast:
“Everyone has to leave. And I will say that when I do leave it’s not because I’m sick of it and not because I see something better or anything like that. It’s just that it’s time. When I do leave, it will be the hardest thing.”
It’s smart for Wiig to realize that her time on the show has an end date, and this could be the best time to go while her popularity is high; however, ratings for “SNL” are also up this year, and she could try to ride out this wave here while making some hit films a la “Bridesmaids” on the side. Jason Segel was able to balance “The Muppets” and “How I Met Your Mother,” so why can’t she do something similar?
Do you think it is better for Kristen career-wise at this point to still with “SNL” while it’s faring better creatively and commercially than it has in the past few years, or should she just walk away now to focus on other projects?