Jason Sudeikis will not be back for the next season of “Saturday Night Live.” The 10-season “SNL” veteran confirmed rumors that he left the show in an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday.
"I'm definitely done” Sudeikis told Letterman. "I'm not coming back next fall."
Sudeikis offered few details on exactly why he chose to leave the “Saturday Night Live” cast, but he offered some insight last month in an interview with Modern Luxury. At the time, Sudeikis had not officially confirmed his departure, but he stoked rumors by referring to season 38 as his “final” season.
"You never really leave that place, and it never leaves you," he said at the time. "It's an emotional journey getting through a season, much less the final one ... Last year felt like just the right amount of thought went into [the decision to stay on for another season], and there were things that I was hoping to accomplish. I don't know if I have the same checklist of things I need to cross off now."
Sudeikis isn’t the only “SNL” cast member who ended their run on the show at the end of last season, either. Bill Hader and Fred Armisen have also left the “Saturday night Live” cast, and Weekend Update host Seth Meyers plans to leave the show in early 2014 to take over Jimmy Fallon’s role hosting “Late Night.” After Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg left the show in 2012, some critics expressed fears that all the departures would lead to a “cast crisis” and a lack of familiar faces on “SNL.”
At the very least, however, “SNL” will have a few months next season to phase out Meyers. Although he will definitely leaving “SNL” within the next year, it seems likely he’ll stay on the sketch comedy show for at least another half-season. Meyers, 39, told “The Today Show’s” Matt Lauer back in May that he wouldn't let last season’s final episode of "SNL" be his last one.
“I know it’s crazy,” Meyers told Lauer. “I just am nowhere near emotionally ready for this Saturday to be my last show.”
Watch Sudeikis’s appearance on the “Late Show” below.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.