Okay, before anyone has a heart-attack, consider the source of the information that three major players on Saturday Night Live–Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg–might be leaving the show. Especially since the source is an anonymous one, and they are giving away Lorne Michaels‘ secrets to Us Weekly.
“Exclusive: Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg Jason Sudeikis to Leave Saturday Night Live?” Reads the explosive headline this afternoon. (We love how unconfirmed rumors that warrant a question mark at the end of the title count as exclusives.)
“Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season,” says one insider. “It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
Now, the next sentence involves Ms. Wiig and Mr. Sudeikis’ reps denying that any decision has been made, but it’s the Bridesmaids star’s exit is the most logical to actually happen. (Why else would SNL be looking for another female comedian?) Her career could stand by its own, and people have left the show for worse reasons. (People have also stayed on the show for worse reasons…Bill Hader, you need to get yourself a starring lead in something!)
Mr. Sudeikis? Meh: He’s been doing fine in some secondary parts in films like Terrible Bosses and Hall Pass, but if he’s leaving SNL, he better have something really great lined up. Like another show. Which reminds us…if Fred Armisen can stay on while doing Portlandia, it’s probably not a conflict of schedules holding the Mitt Romney impersonator back.
As for Andy Samberg? It’s true the show would be crippled by the loss of both him and Lonely Island, but he’s also the least likely to leave. He’s been given his own hall pass on the show: only performing in a couple sketches (sometimes as little as two a night) and doing the digital shorts. Unless it’s his way of playing chicken with contract negotiations coming up, in which case, anything can happen.
So that’s a possibly, one maybe, and one wild card. Keep your inhalers nearby as we near the season finale!