‘Saturday Night Live’: Lorne Michaels on status of Jason Sudeikis

If you look at this season of “Saturday Night Live” from a creative standpoint, it’s hard to admit that there have not really been many sketches that can be defined as “classic.” We have not seen anything on par with a Stefon bit during “Weekend Update,” “The Miley Cyrus Show” the first time we saw it, or any of Andy Samberg’s Digital Shorts. We predicted early on that the loss of Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Abby Elliot would make itself more apparent as the season goes on, and that is precisely what is happening.

The last thing with all this in mind that “SNL” could use is the loss of another cast member, but it is possible. Jason Sudeikis hinted about a possible exit over the summer, but he did decide to come back. Unfortunately, many feel as though he is only sticking around until after the election is over so he can see the Mitt Romney character through for at least the short-term.

So could Sudeikis stay for at least the full season? Executive producer Lorne Michaels would not give a firm answer in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, but he did sound at least hopeful:

“Jason’s very loyal so I think he’ll be here. He’s absolutely essential. I love him. I hope he stays a long time.”

At this very moment, the best way that we can really describe this situation is a waiting game. Regardless of whether or not he does leave, the one thing “SNL” needs to work on now is utilizing their new blood a little bit better. We need to see some more characters, or some sketches that are fun and innovative. Ultimately, there just needs to be something that actually makes people talk the next day about the show again.

Do you think Sudeikis needs to stay for at least the full season? If you want to watch a promo for this weekend’s show with Bruno Mars, be sure to head over here.

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