Another Saturday Night Live cast member is leaving the show. Jason Sudeikis appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night announcing, "Yeah, I'm going to leave. Yeah, I'm not coming back next fall." SNL has lost quite a bit of talent recently. Last year saw the departure of Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. This year, Sudeikis follows Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers in his exit. Presumably, it took Sudeikis slightly longer to make his decision than the other cast members, as Hader, Armisen, and Meyers all had 'farewell sketches' on the season finale back in May.
It seems likely that Sudeikis told someone at the Letterman show that he was planning on making the announcement, as the host prompted a line of questioning in that direction. Letterman asks, "Now, how many years have you been regularly employed at 'Saturday Night Live'?" "Regularly?" Sudeikis asked. "If you could call it regularly employed, 10 years. Ten years, yeah, yeah." Sudeikis started on the show in 2003 as a writer, then joined as a cast regular in 2006. "And how long will a person continue with this, you suppose?" Letterman added. "A person in general, or me specifically?" Sudeikis said. "Whatever you like. Either way or both." "Well, I mean, a person can go as long as they want. I mean, Lorne [Michaels] has been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years, you know. But me, yeah, no, I'm definitely done." With this, the audience erupted in "awwws." "Now, do they know that? I mean, have you run this by someone?" Letterman mockingly asked. He added, "I don't know what kind of ratings you're getting these days, but, I mean, you know, I would hope someone would, you know, would tell them after this point...you should have called first." "I should have, right?" he replied.
Sudeikis is hoping to make the leap to the big-screen, following in a long line of comedians who were able to parlay their SNL gig into a movie career. He was on the show to promote the comedy We're the Millers, in which he co-stars with Jennifer Aniston. As for an SNL spinoff movie, he says, "You start to get that itch probably in August, where all these sketch ideas will show up and I'll be like, 'Well, can I make this sketch idea last 90 minutes and turn it into a movie!?' Probably not. Probably not, yeah." "Well, so congratulations on a great career over there…Good for you," Letterman said. As the audience applauds, Sudeikis responds, "No, it's been fantastic, yeah. It's been really, really amazing, yeah. I was very, very lucky."
Sudeikis has a lot riding on the success of We're the Millers, as for every Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, there's a Chris Kattan and Jim Bruer. Even show favorite Andy Samberg has had trouble getting a film career going. Last year's That's My Boy, in which he co-starred with Sandler, tanked at the box office. Hopefully, Sudeikis will be just fine, and we'll get to see more of him on the big-screen as opposed to the small.
Watch Sudeikis make his announcement in the video below: