Fred Armisen Confirms ‘SNL’ Exit at Long Last

The comedian's last performance as a regular cast member of the long-running sketch program was the season finale in May

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

Fred Armisen has finally given fans hoping he'd return to "Saturday Night Live" the word: He won't be back.

The comedian confirmed what many already suspected during an interview with Splitsider late last week.

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"I think it's clear. I didn't do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious," Armisen said. "An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to 'SNL' and to Lorne and to the cast. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion."

Armisen's final sketch, which also featured departing cast member Bill Hader and still-undecided cast member Jason Sudeikis, closed the season finale on May 18.

The comedian reprised his punk-rock character, Ian Rubbish, who Armisen introduced to audiences a month earlier in a sketch called "The History of Punk."

Armisen's "Portlandia" co-star, Carrie Brownstein, joined him on stage — along with guest stars  Aimee Mann, Steve Jones and Kim Gordon — as he sung a sentimental goodbye to the audience.

"It's been all right. I've had a lovely night with you," Armisen and friends repeated in unison.

According to Armisen, his decision to leave the sketch show was partly due to the increasing demand of his other sketch show, which was renewed for a fourth and fifth season in June.

"It just felt like I was very happy, maybe this is like a good time to do it. And then the other thing that really was eclipsing it was 'Portlandia,'" Armisen explained. "'Portlandia' started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it'd be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting. So it was because of that. And also it was just a feeling."


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