Looks like the 2013-2014 television season will be a rebuilding year for SNL.
An unnamed source at NBC has confirmed to the New York Post that longtime castmember Fred Armisen has decided to exit the sketch show after 11 seasons. That same source tells the Post that SNL veteran Jason Sudeikis will “probably” leave the show as well this year. NBC had no comment, and reps for Armisen and Sudeikis didn’t immediately respond to EW’s inquiries.
It would hardly be a shock if these exit rumors turn out to be true. While Armisen was once a dominant presence on Saturday Night Live, his appearances on the show have grown less frequent since he began devoting himself to his own sketch series, IFC’s Portlandia, in 2010. And Sudeikis has been pondering leaving the show for nearly a year. When Mitt Romney lost last year’s presidential election, SNL‘s designated Romney impersonator also lost his best reason to stick around Studio 8H.
If Armisen and Sudeikis do say goodbye in SNL‘s 38th season finale this weekend, they’ll join fellow departing cast member Bill Hader, who announced his own exit earlier this week. SNL‘s Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is also leaving the show, albeit not until 2014 — as the show’s current head writer explained on the Today show this morning. Meyers will return to SNL in the fall and leave halfway through the season to concentrate on his new gig hosting NBC’s Late Night.
These departures would leave Kenan Thompson as SNL‘s most senior cast member, with 10 seasons under his belt. He’s followed by Bobby Moynihan, who joined the show in 2008.