Bill Hader Leaving SNL
Bill Hader, the long-tenured Saturday Night Live mainstay, has told The New York Times that he is leaving the show at the end of the current season.
“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader said. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’”
Hader will leave behind quite a character legacy, most notably Stefon, the fan-favorite “Weekend Update” city correspondent.
Another SNL veteran, Seth Meyers, will follow Hader’s lead next year when he departs to replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of NBC’s Late Night. The futures of Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen remain in question as both look to focus on outside projects, though neither have said they have immediate plans to leave the show.
“I don’t think [they’ve made up their minds about leaving]. I think they’re making their decisions and we’ll know soon enough,” SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels said in an interview. “I’ve said what I wanted to say to both. You never keep anybody there who doesn’t want to be there, and there is a right time to leave, but it’s more about where they are in their lives.”
Saturday Night Live airs its season finale this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC.
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