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In an interview with the The New York Times on Friday, Samberg, 33, announced that he would not be returning to SNL.
"It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told the newspaper (via Entertainment Weekly). "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."
Although he didn't have a big send-off like Wiig, Samberg said that the two of them bonded over their decisions to leave the show after its 37th season.
"She kept saying it just feels like it’s her time," Samberg said of Wiig. "I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract's up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do."
You can say that again. As part of the comedy trio Lonely Island, Samberg, who joined SNL in 2005, took the show to new places with his weird, wonderful, often hysterically funny Digital Shorts. In May, the show celebrated its 100th viral video by paying homage to some of Samberg and company's greatest hits, including "D*ck in a Box" (featuring Justin Timberlake) and "Laser Cats!" Samberg's final Digital Short, which aired during the season finale, was a sequel to his 2005 "Lazy Sunday" rap with Chris Parnell.
The California native also popped up frequently in the show's live sketches, doing dozens of characters and impressions.
"I'm going to miss all of my friends and the people I work with. I love them all so much, and I'm hoping to stay in touch with them," Samberg told MTV News on Saturday. "I'll definitely miss having such an amazing outlet and being able to do comedy on such a storied show that everyone pays attention to."
Although he's leaving SNL, Samberg isn't exactly going away: He's starring alongside fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler in the raunchy That's My Boy (in theaters June 15), with pal Rashida Jones in the buzzy indie Celeste and Jesse Forever, and in the 2013 romantic comedy The To-Do List. The comedian clearly has a bright future ahead of him -- but we'll still miss our Saturday night TV dates.