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Bill Hader to exit ‘Saturday Night Live’

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT
Ths March 9, 2013 photo released by NBC shows Bill Hader in character as Stefon on "Saturday Night Live," in New York. Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after an eight-year run. His spokesman confirms the 34-year-old comedian will depart "SNL" after this weekend's season finale. (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson)

LOS ANGELES — Bill Hader has become the latest fan favorite to announce his departure from NBC’s long-lived “Saturday Night Live.”

Hader, best known for his celebrity impressions and the bizarre New York City correspondent Stefon, told the New York Times that this upcoming show, the season finale on May 18, would be his final “SNL” appearance.

“It was a hard decision but it has to happen at some point,” the 34-year-old Hader told the paper. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’”

During his eight seasons on the show, Hader has become one of the most popular performers and even earned an Emmy nomination last year for supporting actor in a comedy series.

Hader isn’t the only big name headed for the the exit door after “SNL’s” 38th season. Sometime next year, “Weekend Update” anchor and head writer Seth Meyers will depart to take over “Late Night” from former “SNL”-er Jimmy Fallon, who is going to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, who has appeared on “SNL” three times and hosted once, in 1986.

And there is still some question about Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis, both of whom have appeared on the verge of leaving for at least the last season.

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