"SNL" vet Andy Samberg says his departure is "an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life"
Andy Samberg is following Kristen Wiig out the door at "Saturday Night Live."
The comedian said he won't be returning to the late-night institution next season in an interview with the New York Times on Friday, confirming suspicions that his run on the show was coming to an end.
“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life,” Samberg told the Times. “Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”
Samberg joined the show in the fall of 2005 and was largely known for his musical skits, such as "Lazy Sunday" and "Dick in a Box."
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On last month's season finale of "Saturday Night Live," Samberg fueled speculation that he was on his way out with "Lazy Sunday 2," which had lyrics that included the line, "On these New York streets I hone my fake rap penmanship / That’s how it began, and that’s how I’m-a finish it.”
Wiig departed the show during the season finale. Though no official announcement was made, her departure was made clear with a skit during which host Mick Jagger, as a school principal, announced that Wiig was "graduating" this year, and a musical number during which many of her former castmates danced with her.
NBC has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.