Is the face of Saturday Night Live about to change drastically?
Cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are reportedly bidding the show adieu after the end of the season, a source tells Us Weekly. "It will be a huge blow to the show," the insider tells the magazine. "Without Andy's video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they'll need help!"
Another source close to Wiig, tells the magazine that "Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it's no surprise."
Not so fast though. A rep for both Wiig and Sudeikis tells TVGuide.com, "There's no truth to that Us Weekly item. Those decisions won't be made until the season is over."
An SNL spokesperson adds, "No decisions have been made and won't be until the end of the summer." A rep for Samberg has not yet commented on the report.
On SNL, Wiig is best known for playing the tiny-handed Dooneese Merrill who's part of a sister act on the Lawrence Welk Show, sexy-gross Shanna and a host of other characters who make other people uncomfortable. Sudeikis often portrays political figures and one half of the Two A--holes couple with Wiig. Samberg earned a rep for musical digital shorts such as "Lazy Sunday," "D--- in a Box" and "I'm on a Boat."
SNL recently added Upright Citizen Brigade's Katie McKinnon as a featured player, a testing ground for possible future cast members. Should Wiig leave, executive producer Lorne Michaels would conceivably be ready.
Meanwhile, Wiig is still basking in the glow of her Bridesmaids success, appears in Roadside Attractions' Friends With Kids and will also co-star in the upcoming adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opposite Ben Stiller. Sudeikis recently starred in Horrible Bosses and next appears in the upcoming political comedy The Campaign. Samberg appeared in Friends With Benefits and next stars in this summer's That's My Boy, playing the son of Adam Sandler's character.
Would you be sad to see these three leave SNL? Who would you miss the most?