With just one departure, “Saturday Night Live” is losing its excitable “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon; its frenetic incarnations of James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange; and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game-show hosts.
All of which is to say that Bill Hader, an eight-year veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” will be leaving that NBC late-night franchise when its season ends Saturday.
“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in an interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ”
It was inevitable. The best has to leave eventually if there is to be any hope of a bigger career. That seldom comes to be from SNL, with a few exceptions, but I can understand his desire to attempt films or his own show while he's still in his 30's.
[quote] and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game-show hosts.
They still do game show skits on SNL? I thought there were only 2 game shows on American television, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. How funny can they be?
Oh no. Stefon is the funnisest thing on SNL thee days. I suppose it was inevitable, even though Bill has made zero impact on the big screen so far. I sense sketch comedy is his milieu.
This past week's ep with Kristen Wiig was awful as are most of the eps. Most of the bright spots are the women but they are seldom given much to do. I will miss Stefan though.
So I guess Sudeikis is staying put after considering leaving last year? I think Hader could do okay in a sitcom, but there are lots of SNL alums who've vanished after leaving the show.
The "cracking-up in the middle of the skit" thang has gotten out of hand. Mildly funny at first (everyone is human) it now just seems tiresome and unprofessional.
Let the audience laugh- not yourself.
I hope he does well, he's probably my favorite SNL star of recent years.
Jason Sudeikis should've left last year, now it's too late.
John Mulaney left too, so either way Stefon was a goner.
This is sad. Hader is the best.
What made Stefon so funny was the writers would substitute different cue cards than the ones they used during the rehearsal when they did it live. The look on his face when he read the new card was priceless!
'Mo or no?
I guess his film career is taking off which is good. He doesn't want to end up like the guy who did Magruber. WEHT him?
I guess Fred will be leaving soon though he seems to barely be on the show anymore.
Speaking of unctuous, I loved him as Keith Morrison.
Wasn't Sedeikus trying to leave last year? Surprised that he's staying on another season.
Big mistake . He's great because of the variety of characters. Put him in a movie , as 1 character, for 2 hours , and it won't work.
quote]“It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’
Funny wording -- was he unhappy?
Is John Mulaney not on the writing staff anymore?
So what's he going to do?
R15, he left to do The John Mulaney Show. Nasim Pedrad was also leaving to do the show, but it didn't get picked up. It was a Lorne Michaels show so maybe they'll both return.
I'd live to see John do WeekendUpdate.
There are a handful of SNL performers that appear onscreen that make me smile before they say a word. Bill is one of them (Daryl Hammond or Jay Pharoah have the opposite effect). I hope he's a hit at whatever he wants to do.
Do people actually still watch this show?!
[quote] They still do game show skits on SNL? I thought there were only 2 game shows on American television, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. How funny can they be?
It's bizarre how many game show parodies SNL writes and produces. You'd think it was 1975 and game shows ruled the airwaves. I can only assume the writers spend a huge amount of time stoned and watching Game Show network.
The requisite "Does anyone still watch this show?" post took longer than expected this time.
If Bill doesn't make it in film (likely), he can probably always find work at South Park, which I think might end up like The Simpsons and never end.
[quote]Do people actually still watch this show?!
No they don't. In fact, it went off the air two years ago but nobody noticed.
There's speculation Mulaney might get the Weekend Update slot when Seth Meyers leaves to do Late Night.
[quote]It's bizarre how many game show parodies SNL writes and produces. You'd think it was 1975 and game shows ruled the airwaves.
I think a big reason they do so many is that they're easy skits to block -- everyone just stands there behind their podiums.
Even without Mulaney, I hope there's a Stefon farewell bit this Saturday night. I'm sure Hader can do it in his sleep! One by one, SNL gets decimated...
He is too old to be portraying a gay club kid.
Not getting the Stefon love. Yet one more character SNL ran into the ground.
And I never find the "Oh! Look! I'm breaking character because I'm laughing!" thing amusing.
I would love to see Stefon and Seth walk off together after their last Weekend Update. On another note, does anyone know who actually has the rights to the character -- Mulaney who created Stefon or NBC/SNL?
OP, why do you keep posting NYT article links that require a subscription to read them? Why are you unable to post accessible links to the NYT like everyone else?
EW Update - 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.
[quote]These departures would leave Kenan Thompson as SNL‘s most senior cast member
I can't wait to see the next 14 episodes of "What's Up With That?"!
And who will play Lindsay Buckingham on those 14 episodes of What Up with Dat? Spare me.
What else can he do?
Is it possible that tomorrow's SNL could be the very last one ever? I mean NBC is pulling the plugs on virtually all their shows from this season. If it's Sudeikis and Armisen's farewells as well as Hader's, they got plenty of nuttin left.
They should have pulled the plug on SNL 19 years ago.
I will mis Stefon. R.I.P.
I'm hoping Stefon turns up from time to time on Seth Meyers' show.
Lorne wants a fresh new crop of youngsters for his stable. Hader is still doing Gregory Peck imitations.
The only audience left is the college-aged, killing time before they hit the bars.
I never heard of him until I saw him in Sarah Marshall and I found him very funny in that.
I think they need to go back to having the original count of 7 or 8 SNL players with just one or two featured players, like it was in it's first five seasons with the original cast.
I didn't know Seth was taking over Late Night.
SNL had been renewed already. Lorne did not want to lose Bill. Hader was so nervous about telling him last Feb he claims he nearly fainted.
Mulaney didn't create Stefon, they write it together. But the voice and mannerisms are all Hader.
The one character that Hader introduced this year that I really wanted to see more of was the hysterically screaming fireman. That character was absolutely hilarious. Adam Levine was the guest host that episode.
Something very special will be done involving Stefon and Seth tonight and it will include a surprise appearance by a DL favorite. Or so I've heard.
EW Magazine made a list of some of Stefon's hottest club recommendations.
Probably only funny if you can picture him reading it.
I am old enough to remember at least twice that SNL was declared DOA, only to gin up a new superb cast that seemed as good as any excepting the original. Don't underestimate Lorne. He's still got a much younger head than many comedy show runners 25 years his junior.
Bill deserves another Emmy nom this season for this sketch alone!
[quote]The one character that Hader introduced this year that I really wanted to see more of was the hysterically screaming fireman. That character was absolutely hilarious
If you thought that character was funny, you should watch Adventure Time since that character was a nod to Lemongrab.
I loved Bill Hader, always one of the best of the cast.
But SNL needs to get the cobwebs out and replace its writers and older performers. Kenan and Bobby M are so not funny, and desperately need to go. Time for new blood.
I will not miss Stefon. The most amateur of community theater actors knows better than to break character. To base an entire character on that is the height of unprofessionalism, and of throwing such in the face of the general viewing public who have to do their jobs correctly, getting paid 1/100th of what he is.
r51 Grumpy McSourpuss! Stuart, what does mamma say about boys who don't have a sense of humor? what does mamma say?