Another ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member May Leave the Show

Aug 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

After one high-profile cast departure for "Saturday Night Live," word has surfaced that another cast member might not return to the NBC late-night comedy program, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The latest report focuses on straight man Jason Sudeikis, who might follow former colleague Kristen Wiig out the door, the story reports.

Sudeikis, who is known for his portrayal of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said he hasn’t yet decided whether to return to the show. The reason is a growing movie career, with roles in "The Campaign," which opens Friday and stars Will Ferrell, and his taping of the comedy "We’re the Millers" with Jennifer Aniston.

Nevertheless, the comedian said he would like more responsibility at "SNL" while keeping flexibility to work on other projects.

"I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there," Sudeikis told the publication. "It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial."

He added, "To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye — of being Mitt Romney — is not enough."

Sudeikis joined "SNL" in 2003 as a sketch writer, and he first appeared on air in 2005. His movie work has meant less input on "SNL," with the actor spending only half a week at the show.

"You start at ‘SNL’ when you’re young and hungry, but I don’t want my pro years to be my ‘SNL’ years," he said. "This is me getting to play for K.U. or Duke or North Carolina, with pro-caliber people, but I don’t want this to be it."

Shortly after Wiig’s widely publicized departure from “SNL” earlier this year, cast member Andy Samberg confirmed two months ago that he was leaving the show, as reported previously.

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