According to US Weekly, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis will be exiting the NBC sketch comedy show at the conclusion of the current season.
Sources tell the magazine that the three popular comedians are set to move on from the show. "Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season," says a show insider. "It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy's video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they'll need help!"
A rep for both Wiig and Sudeikis has denied rumors of their exit, saying "There's no truth to that Us Weekly item. Those decisions won't be made until the season is over." However a close friend of Wiig reports, "Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it's no surprise."
Wiig's best known characters on SNL include tiny-handed Dooneese Merrill who's part of a sister act on the Lawrence Welk Show and sexy-gross Shanna. Sudeikis is known for his portrayal of political figures and one half of the Two A--holes couple with Wiig. Samberg specializes in musical digital shorts such as "Lazy Sunday," "D--- in a Box" and "I'm on a Boat."
Wiig starred in last summer's box office hit, Bridesmaids. She can currently be seen in Friends With Kids and will co-star in the upcoming adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opposite Ben Stiller. Sudeikis is currently working on a new film entitled 'Relanxious' co-starring girlfriend Olivia Wild and Fred Armisen. In the film, the comedian plays an agoraphobic who is searching for love. Samberg appeared in Friends With Benefits and will next be seen in this summer's That's My Boy, playing the son of Adam Sandler's character.
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