Will Forte Leaving ‘SNL’

08.26.10 7 years ago 13 Comments

Will Forte, who excelled at creating creepy and absurd characters on “Saturday Night Live,” will be leaving the show after eight seasons.

The departure was confirmed by two people with direct knowledge of the show’s planning but who were not allowed to speak on the record because “Saturday Night Live” has not officially announced details of its coming season. Representatives for Mr. Forte and for NBC’s late-night entertainment division did not immediately comment, but one of the sources said the parting was amicable and at the choosing of Mr. Forte, who plans to pursue other projects. [NYT]

I like Forte, but I’m not particularly broken up about the departure. The MacGruber character has run his course. Hamilton was creepy and kind of funny, but I’d seen it often enough. Probably my favorite Forte sketch was Closet Organizer (watch it here), and that could have been pulled off by any number of cast members. He’s good, but eight years is on “SNL” is plenty.

This is what happens. Actors leave “SNL.” Other actors replace them. Unfunny sketches go on for six minutes. A digital short makes us laugh. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin host. We argue about who sucks. Someone bemoans how it used to be better. It’s the circle of life.

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