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It wasn't easy for Andy Samberg to bid farewell to the show that launched his career. But after seven years on Saturday Night Live, the comedian knew it was time to explore other opportunities.
There wasn't anything in particular that propelled Samberg to end his run on the show (and unlike costar Kristen Wiig, he waited until the season was over to confirm his departure). Samberg, 33, says he felt his time on the long-running sketch show had simply run its course.
"I thought about it a lot and I'm still kind of torn about it, but it's the time for me," Samberg told Us Weekly at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, two days after he confirmed he was leaving in an interview with The New York Times. "I can't really put it into words; it was more just a feeling."
So what will the creator of 101 SNL Digital Shorts miss most about performing live every Saturday night? The answer is short and sweet: "I have so many friends there -- the writers and the crew and the cast -- and [creator Lorne Michaels] is a friend and an amazing boss and I owe him so much," Samberg explained. "I'm also going to miss having an idea on a Friday and having it air on Saturday."
And although the That's My Boy actor won't be appearing on SNL on a regular basis, he would definitely welcome the opportunity to return as a host one day.
"Of course!" he quipped when asked if he'd join the list of former cast members turned hosts, such as Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey. "Who wouldn't?"