Jason Sudeikis is officially leaving Saturday Night Live.
Rumors that Sudeikis — who has been a cast member since 2005 — would be leaving the sketch comedy first began circulating when Season 38 wrapped in May. At the time, the 37-year-old Horrible Bosses star told Barbara Walters that he was unsure if he would be returning to the show.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I sincerely don’t know at this point.” He also told Walters, who will be retiring next year, “I’ll stay if you stay. How about that?”
However, he noted that past cast members have come back to SNL after their departures.
“You never leave the show. I really believe that,” Sudeikis said. “I think these last few weeks have shown that, with Kristen [Wiig] coming back to host, [Maya Rudolph has] been back.”
But on an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman that airs tonight, Sudeikis confirmed that he was leaving Saturday Night Live after 10 years — two as a writer, and eight as a repertory player.
“I’m definitely done,” Sudeikis said. “I’m not coming back next fall.” Letterman then asked if the show was aware he was leaving,to which Sudeikis joked, “I don’t know what kind of ratings you’re getting these days, but I would hope someone would tell them.”
“You should have called first,” Letterman said.
“I should have,” Sudeikis replied.
Even though he won’t be on Saturday Night Live anymore, Sudeikis still has a film career to fall back on. His new movie, We’re the Millers, which reunited him with Jennifer Aniston (the two starred in 2010’s The Bounty Hunter), hits theaters August 9. The sequel to Horrible Bosses, in which Sudeikis will reprise his role as Kurt Buckman, is scheduled to be released next year. Sudeikis also provided the voice of Bomba in Epic, which also features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce, Aziz Ansari, and Colin Farrell, which was released on May 24.
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