Here Are the Only 4 Reasons Why Anyone, Including Jason Sudeikis, Should Leave 'SNL'

The comedian is the fourth cast member to depart the show this year. These are the only acceptable excuses for moving on

A disappointed "aww" went through David Letterman's studio audience last night, when Jason Sudeikis declared that he was done with Saturday Night Live. It was the first time that Sudeikis, an SNL writer for two years and a cast member for eight, confirmed the long-brewing retirement rumors.

"I’m definitely done. I’m going to leave. Yeah, I’m not coming back next fall," the 37-year-old comedian told Letterman.

"Do they know that?" replied the Late Show host. (Watch the clip below!)



Oh Jason, we'll miss Joe Biden most of all! Or maybe The Weekend Update Devil. Or possibly Mitt Romney. Heck, we'll just miss seeing that handsome face every Saturday night.

We wouldn't be quite so sad if Sudeikis wasn't the fourth longtime cast member to break up with SNL this year. With Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader also headed out the door, SNL will be a whole different show come fall.

Which makes us wonder: What is it that makes people decide to leave SNL? It seems like pretty much the best job in the world. We can only guess -- but based on recent departures, here are 4 signs that it may be time to exit Studio 8H.

1. You have a really hot, semi-neglected girlfriend.
We'd imagine that Sudeikis fiancee Olivia Wilde would like to occasionally go to dinner on a Friday or Saturday night.

2. You find yourself suddenly drawn to Portland.
Armisen's big reason for leaving is to focus on Portlandia, which films on the other side of the country from the Big Apple.

3. You've left Anderson Cooper at the altar.
And really, how would Bill Hader ever top that?

4. Jimmy Fallon gives you his job.
When Fallon steps into Leno's shoes, Meyers is going to take over Late Night. It will be like SNL every weeknight! We can't wait to be totally sleep-deprived.

We'll also be looking forward to seeing more of Sudeikis on the big screen. Next up: We're the Millers with Jennifer Aniston

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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