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Bill Hader Leaving "Saturday Night Live" Effective Saturday

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 14, 2013 | Comments ()


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After eight years, and after creating one of the all-time greatest "SNL" characters in Stefon, Bill Hader will be leaving the show, effective after this week's show. As Hader told the NYTimes:

It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," Mr. Hader said in an interview. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.' "

Hader will leave, along with Seth Meyers -- who is replacing Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night" -- and perhaps Jason Sudeikis, who nearly left at the end of last season, and Fred Armisen, who some speculate may also leave.

Among the reasons that Hader is leaving, according to the Times, is partly because "seeing friends like Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig leave last season, and partly by a desire to move his family to Los Angeles. His wife, Maggie Carey, is getting busier with her filmmaking career, which includes the forthcoming comedy "The To Do List." Meanwhile Mr. Hader said he had worked on three live-action features and four animated films during the current season of "SNL" alone."

So long, Hader. And Stefon, and James Carville and Vincent Price. We look forward to your inevitable success, and return as host of an "SNL" episode.

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(Source: NYTimes)




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  • Devin McMusters

    Don't know him, but I googled his wife, and she's good looking. At least he has that going for him.

  • Ian Fay

    Aw. He'll be missed.

    And as much as I love Stefon, my personal favorite is this completely insane sketch:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/1249...

  • Nicole_OCTV

    This is really going to be a huge loss to the show. In addition to his insane talent, I really love it when he breaks in a scene - it's the best.

    On that note, I'm really hoping that this means an increased presence for Taran Killam, who is fantastic. The way things are going, it sounds like all of the newer guys are going to have to step up to fill a bunch of shoes next season, which could be a really good thing.

    But Hader had better host the show like, annually.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    He was essentially the backseat lead of the show. HADER, PLEASE DON'T DISAPPEAR.

  • He's been the show's MVP for almost four years. Ridiculous impressionist, consummate game show host, versatile bit player, fantastic character creator. Hader leaving SNL is a bigger loss than Wiig and Samberg combined.

  • tmoney

    His game show hosts are my favorite! He's a great straight man when he needs to be.

  • Ley

    I can sorta see Bill Hader being that guy we always see in movies (at least comedy movies) and always gives a solid performance. I may be underestimating his leading man chops, but really that ain't so bad. Best of luck to him!

  • Green Lantern

    True story - Hader went to my high school (though i graduated well before him).

    Gonna miss you, Bill!

  • BWeaves

    I guess I'm getting really old. I have no idea who he is.

  • Deidra

    Thanks, as always, for this illuminating contribution.

  • BWeaves

    Sarcasm doesn't look good on a young woman.

    I watched the very first episode of SNL because George Carlin was hosting and I had all his comedy LPs. I've lost track of who's on the show anymore, as I just can't stay up that late.

  • Deidra

    So by "anymore," you mean since 1975? Again, thank you for contributing.

    I find sarcasm to fit me far better as the world has moved beyond bustles and farthingales.

  • BWeaves

    You are so right! I've enjoyed jousting with you.

  • Eve

    Well, take a look at my gravatar...there goes the one reason I still gave SNL a try every once in a while.

    One less show to watch now, I guess.

  • AudioSuede

    :(

    No time to say goodbye? If we don't get one last good Stefon, I will be full of sads.

  • NOOOOO! While SNL has certainly built up some great new talent these last few years (Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Jay Pharoh), Bill Hader has been my favorite and an absolute joy to watch in just about every skit. Heartbroken. :(

    That said, good for him.

  • Well, this certainly came out of nowhere. And now my soul is dying.

  • Maguita NYC

    Maybe he can join Seth Meyers' as his sidekick on late-night?

    No need for guests, watching Bill and Seth giggle at each other while pretending to follow a script would have me going to bed very happy every night.

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