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Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis may regularly play a couple of "A-holes" on TV, but they'll be sorely missed when they depart Saturday Night Live. And according to rumors reported by Entertainment Weekly, that could happen as soon as the end of this season. Like scores of gifted SNL stars before them, Wiig and Sudeikis would leave the show to pursue film careers, and Sudeikis is already signed up to join the cast of HBO's Eastbound and Down for its upcoming third season.
Both comedians have already made their mark outside the SNL studios. This summer's high-profile hit movie, Bridesmaids, was Wiig's brainchild. (She cowrote and costarred in it.) She's now filming her role as a romantically challenged playwright in the 2013 comedy, Imogene.
30 Rock fans know Sudeikis as one of Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) hilarious ex-suitors, alongside Matt Damon and Jon Hamm. In June, he hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, and in July he appeared in the hit comedy, Horrible Bosses. Next April, he'll appear in Movie 43, a feature film of short comedy segments with Emma Stone, Anna Faris and others.
No doubt both actors have plenty of opportunities ahead of them. And they'll certainly be missed. In just five years, Wiig has created some of the most memorable characters on that iconic sketch show, from the annoyingly attention-seeking Penelope, to the violently bratty Gilly to the teeny-handed singer, Dooneese. Not to mention, she does one mean Nancy Pelosi impression.
Sudeikis has created out his own stable of alter egos, from Wiig's A-hole husband, to the emcee DJ Supersoak, to the police officer who scares kids straight. And of course, his Joe Biden is pitch perfect -- and never better than in October 2008, when he debated Sarah Palin (Fey).
We hate to see them go, but we can't blame them for wanting to move on to bigger and better things. Actually, we selfishly can't wait to see them in more movies!