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Report: Fred Armisen to leave 'Saturday Night Live'; Jason Sudeikis 'probably' out as well

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. READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons': Kristen Wiig to guest as FBI agent -- EXCLUSIVE

The Simpsons will go for laughs next season by putting on a Wiig: Kristen Wiig, the former Saturday Night Live star who returned as host on May 11, is lending her voice to an episode that is slated to air on Fox in the fall, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader exits 'Saturday Night Live'

Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons as one of its most versatile and hilarious players. The 34-year-old actor arrived at 30 Rock in 2005 and quickly carved out a role for himself with some of the show’s most popular characters, including “Weekend Update” special guests Stefon and James Carville, and an array of oddball game-show hosts. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader told the New York Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'” READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig is returning to her old stomping grounds to make her debut as host of the show on May 11, NBC has announced. Rounding out season 38 of the legendary sketch show will be Ben Affleck, who will make his fifth appearance on SNL‘s May 18 finale.

NBC has also confirmed the widespread rumor that Kanye West will make his fifth appearance as the show’s musical guest on the May 18 episode, though it remains unclear whether the rapper, who has been in Paris working on his next album, will premiere any new music. READ FULL STORY

Zach Galifianakis to host 'SNL'

The first weekend hosting slot in May for Saturday Night Live has been filled by Zach Galifianakis, who’ll be promoting The Hangover Part III, which opens on May 24. He hasn’t hosted since 2011. The musical guest will be Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.

The news was announced during the April 13 broadcast of the show, as well as on NBC’s Twitter.

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Vince Vaughn to host 'Saturday Night Live'

The last time Vince Vaughn hosted SNL, Jimmy Fallon had just joined the show’s cast, President Clinton had not yet been impeached, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was the country’s hottest album, and “Oops! I Crapped My Pants” was still new and exciting.

Talk of how much the world has changed since 1998 is sure to crop up April 13, when Vaughn returns to host Saturday Night Live for the second time. The Wedding Crashers star will be promoting The Internship, a comedy with Owen Wilson that opens June 7. Vaughn will be joined by first time musical guest Miguel, the singer/producer whose track “Adorn” won a Grammy for best R&B song in February.

Don’t remember a young Vaughn’s first outing as SNL host? For shame! Here’s a clip of the actor encountering the lascivious Alfred Hitchcock (Darrell Hammond) in his monologue:

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Melissa McCarthy to host 'Saturday Night Live' on April 6

Lost in the excitement about Justin Timberlake’s fifth SNL outing was this nugget of news: sitcom and big screen star Melissa McCarthy will host the sketch show on April 6. Though reports speculating about McCarthy’s return to Saturday Night Live circulated last week — and EW first caught wind of it in late February — her stint wasn’t officially confirmed until Saturday’s show. SNL also confirmed that French rock band Phoenix will serve as its next musical guest.

McCarthy earned rave reviews and impressive ratings when she hosted SNL for the first time in October 2011, just a few weeks after nabbing a Best Actress Emmy for her work on Mike & Molly. Her latest film, Identity Thief, is the biggest box-office hit of the young year, with more than $116 million in grosses; the star’s next movie, a buddy-cop comedy called The Heat costarring Sandra Bullock, is expected June 28. Phoenix, too, has something major to promote: its upcoming fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, which drops April 22.

Here’s a taste of what we can expect from McCarthy’s return:

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Sears removes online ads from 'Saturday Night Live' 'Djesus Uncrossed' sketch

SNL‘s trailer for Djesus Uncrossed, a fake historical revenge fantasy starring Christoph Waltz as a vindictive Jesus Christ, is more of a Tarantino send-up than a spoof of Christianity. But that hasn’t stopped faith-based groups like the American Family Association from expressing outrage about the sketch, and as a result of their urging, one advertiser has asked its commercials be moved from online showings of Djesus. Here’s the two-minute short that has stoked so much ire:

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'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo suffers broken hip -- Report

Live, from New York, it’s… not Don Pardo, who wasn’t on hand to announce SNL‘s lineup during last weekend’s show. According to TMZ, the nonagenarian — he recently celebrated his 95th birthday — sat this week out because he’s recovering from a broken hip.

NBC declined to comment on Pardo’s health, but TMZ’s sources say he’s “doing just fine” — which should be a relief to longtime SNL fans. The iconic announcer has been reading off names for the sketch show since it began in 1975, and has missed only one year in Saturday Night Live‘s 38-season run: season 7, when producer Dick Ebersol also nixed starting the show with “Live from New York…” Thankfully, both the line and Pardo were restored for season 8 in the fall of 1982.

See the face behind the voice in this video from 2010, in which Amy Poehler and Lorne Michaels welcome Pardo into the Television Academy Hall of Fame:

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'SNL' behind the scenes: Kevin Hart explains why this show's bigger than the VMAs -- EXCLUSIVE

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Here’s what you won’t see on Saturday Night Live this weekend: the boxes Kevin Hart will stand on in order to make his small stature look a little less diminutive. (Hart’s only 5’4″.) “I’ve been deceiving a lot of people, which is fun,” the comedian jokes in this video from NBCUniversal Direct. “It’s lying! Television lies. That’s what it is.”

This, however, isn’t a lie — Hart thinks doing SNL is a bigger deal than hosting MTV’s Video Music Awards. “For a standup comedian, this is what we live for. This is what we want,” he explains. “So [the] VMAs was amazing, but this definitely surpasses that.”

We’ll see whether Hart’s hosting debut measures up to his VMA performance in just a few days. In the meantime, make do with this brief interview — filmed yesterday while Hart was in the midst of preparing for Saturday night:

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Justin Timberlake to host 'SNL' for the fifth time in March

Saturday Night Live is bringing sexy back… again. NBC’s sketch series announced today that perennial favorite Justin Timberlake will return to the show as both host and musical guest on March 9. His third solo album, the hotly anticipated 20/20 Experience, will drop ten days later, on March 19.

The week before Timberlake’s homecoming, actor and comedian Kevin Hart will make his hosting debut. Hart currently stars in and produces the Must List-approved Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET; he also hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards last year. SNL‘s March 2 show will feature “Thrift Shop” rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guests.

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Christoph Waltz to host 'Saturday Night Live' Feb. 16

Sounds like a bingo for Lorne Michaels: NBC announced today that Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz will host SNL for the first time on Feb. 16. Though the Best Supporting Actor winner (and current nominee) has never appeared on NBC’s sketch series before, he has shown off his comedic timing on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! — as well as in his signature menacing-yet-hilarious roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Django and Inglourious Basterds.

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Justin Bieber to host 'Saturday Night Live'

It’s Saturday Night Bieber!

Justin Bieber will host and be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Feb. 9, EW has confirmed. This will be the first time Bieber hosts; he was the musical guest in 2010 when Tina Fey hosted, and has appeared on a few other episodes as well, most notably in a Church Lady sketch with host Dana Carvey.

Bieber is presumably hosting to promote his upcoming Believe: Acoustic release, out Jan. 29. He will follow Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers on Jan. 19, and Adam Levine on Jan. 26, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

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