After 11 long years, “SNL” veteran Fred Armisen has decided not to return for the next season of “SNL,” instead wanting to focus more on his IFC show, “Portlandia.”
While there has been no official announcement as of yet, it is still basically confirmed. Armisen will be leaving the show along with other “SNL” cast mates Bill Hader and possibly Jason Sudeikis.
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“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 [creator] Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion.”
Armisen also says how the departure of his friends and former cast mates Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg last season made his decision easier. So as of now, Armisen will be working on “Portlandia” a lot more.
“‘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,” Armisen said. “So it was because of that. And also it was just a feeling.”
Armisen has been in various movies including “Anchorman” and “Eurotrip,” but he will always be best known for his epic roles on “Saturday Night Live.”
“I came away from ‘Saturday Night Live’ feeling very well represented,” he said. “I felt, and I still feel like, they let me do so much stuff that I wanted to do. Stuff that I almost didn’t even know what it was. I was like, this is kind of a little bit of an experiment, or this is just a band thing, this is just a music thing.”
Via Hollywood Reporter, Photo Credit: WENN