Even though so many people called this happening in advance, the news is still more than a little bit sad — Andy Samberg is leaving “Saturday Night Live” after seven seasons aboard the show.
In a phone interview with the New York Times this week, Samberg confirmed the news by saying the following:
“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life … Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”
For fans who have been following this story for some time, Samberg is right in that it is hardly much of a shock. However, he will indeed be missed — he is largely responsible for the show’s award-winning Digital Shorts, which have brought the show more attention than just about any other series of sketches in the past decade. He also played a variety of outlandish and unusual characters, including Shy Ronnie to an over-the-top version of former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
The saddest thing about Samberg’s exit is that unlike Kristen Wiig, the show never really had an opportunity to formally send him off on the show (though some may see his 100th Digital Short from this season as a tribute of sorts). With this exit, Jason Sudeikis is the only other cast member whose future is in question. Expect a decision on this front within the coming weeks (though with him gone, we don’t know who would portray Mitt Romney during the Presidential election).
What is your reaction to Samberg leaving the show?