It would appear that Drunk Uncle has slurred his way through his last uncomfortable family function. While it was rumored that SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan would be leaving the show after his ninth season, official confirmation finally came on Wednesday evening that Saturday’s finale would be Moynihan’s last. According to Deadline, Moynihan decided to leave after his sitcom Me, Myself, And I was picked up by CBS for a fall spot.
Saturday’s finale, with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry, marks the end of season 42, and allegedly has been planned as Moynihan’s last show for a while. When he started his tenure on SNL, Moynihan signed on with a standard 7-year contract and chose to extend it two years beyond. While he may not have been a front and center performer like Kate McKinnon or fellow departed castmate Bill Hader, Moynihan has been putting in solid supporting work his entire run on the show. His political impersonations like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich and his Weekend Update characters Drunk Uncle and Anthony Crispino were consistently great.
While it’s always sad to see a major player leave the 30 Rock stage, we wish Moynihan the best of luck with his new sitcom.