Saturday, April 13, 2024

“SNL” Gutted as Jason Sudeikis Joins Other Vets and Exits


This season “Saturday Night Live” is going to be starting from scratch. Gone today is Jason Sudeikis, a year later than I predicted. He was supposed to leave at the end of the 2012 season, but was convinced to stay when Andy Samberg took off. But now they’re both gone, as well as Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen. Seth Meyers is gone too; he starts hosting late night in March 2014. Of course, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are long gone, established stars.

That leaves only Kenan Thompson from this generation of “SNL” performers. Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah are next. Promising newer cast members are Katie McKinnon and Taran Killam. But the show needs new blood, and a spark of genius to replace all these deserters.

Lorne Michaels will figure it out. He always has and does. Only this time, he’s also exec producing the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. But the 2013-14 edition of “SNL” is definitely in for a rocky start.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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