Confirmed: Andy Samberg Soon Leaving 'Saturday Night Live'
It's fair to wonder if "Saturday Night Live" writers and producers aren't entering "Well, now what?" mode.
A spokeswoman for actor-comedian Andy Samberg confirmed to the Associated Press today that the "Weekend Update" host is bidding "SNL" adios. He's the latest in a long, long line of the late-night NBC sketch comedy's alumni to make big-screen moves. He'll be appearing alongside fellow former "SNL" performer Adam Sandler in this month's "That's My Boy."
As far as NBC brass are probably concerned, Samberg's timing couldn't be that much worse.
Kristen Wiig bid the show farewell at the end of the May 19 season finale, hosted by Mick Jagger. Like many before her, Wiig leaves the show on the heels of a significant breakthrough performance. With "Bridesmaids," in which she co-starred and which she co-wrote alongside Annie Mumolo, she nabbed a Best Actress, Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Golden Globe nomination. A critical and financial hit, it also earned Academy Award nods for Best Original Screenplay and Melissa McCarthy's Best Supporting Actress nomination.
His "Weekend Update" hosting duties aside, Samberg is easily best known for his digital shorts made as part the Lonely Island, alongside , including "D**k In A Box," "J**z In My Pants" and "Motherlover."
Or as they'll probably one day be known, "Those songs everybody sings on YouTube."