Andy Samberg Leaves Saturday Night Live

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Andy Samberg follows in Adam Sandler’s footsteps

Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Right on the heels of Kristin Wiig, Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg announced on Friday to The New York Times that was he was leaving Saturday Night Live. Not that he hadn’t already hinted that in his last Digital Short.

Oddly, he had told E! two days prior that he probably wasn’t going to leave:

“Nothing’s decided yet,” Samberg told E! News Wednesday, adding it would “definitely be weird” not being on the show.

But when he talked to the NYT, he was all:

“Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”

This month he’ll join another SNL alum, Adam Sandler, in That’s My Boy. Already, Mr. Sandler has some high praise for his costar:

“He’s doing it all right,” Sandler said. “This guy cares about being a good person first, and I love that about him. He’s a hard-working fool when he wants to be, and he’s really a smart, talented and great guy. I know he’s going to do everything he wants to do.

“I was aggressive back in the day,” he continued. “I was driven and needed to get my movies made and blah blah blah. He’s less nutty about it. He’s a very passionate and smart guy who knows about what should come first, and that’s life. Right? Something like that?”

Now we just have to see if Jason Sudeikis has made up his mind yet…and if so, who will replace three of the biggest attractions on SNL.