The long-time cast member says, ‘It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point.’
Say goodbye to Stefon. Say goodbye to the head of the Merryville Brothers robots. But most importantly, say goodbye to Bill Hader, because the 34-year-old actor has decided to leave Saturday Night Live after nearly eight years on the show. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go,'” Bill tells The New York Times.
Speaking with the paper, SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels likens Bill to the legendary Dan Akroyd:
In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition. He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.
Who Else Is Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’?
NBC’s Saturday night staple has already lost some heavy hitters in recent years — here’s looking at you, Kristen Wiig — and it sounds like more could be on their way out soon.
Lorne tells the Times that Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis are currently “making their decisions and we’ll know soon enough.”
We already know Seth Meyers is leaving to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon, so if any more stars decide to exit, the show could be facing a rough 39th season.
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HollywoodLifers, will you miss Bill on Saturday Night Live? Drop a comment with your thoughts on his departure, as well as your favorite Bill characters!
— Andy Swift