On this season’s final episode of SNL, departing cast member Kristen Wiig got a fond, tearful farewell, backed by The Rolling Stones‘ song ‘She’s a Rainbow’. It was a moving tribute and perfectly fitting for someone who’d been on the show for seven seasons.
Cut to yesterday when fellow seven-season veteran Andy Samberg announced that he won’t be coming back next season either in an interview with The New York Times. Wicky wicky whaaaaaat??
How am I supposed to deal with this? I feel like my SNL mom and dad decided to get a divorce and mom went about it the right way — sat all us kids down and told us it wasn’t our fault, and we’d have plenty of time to say goodbye, and two Christmases from now on! And then two weeks later, we woke up and dad’s suitcases were at the bottom of the stairs! And it’s like, come on, Dad, you have to tell us these things! And also…is this our fault? I know you keep saying that it’s not about us, that you two just didn’t want to be together anymore, but that you’ll always love each other and SNL, but I feel like I caused this somehow. If only I’d watched every Saturday like I promised, or if I’d just gone down there and waited in line all night for tickets like I always said I wanted to. But now it’s too late.
In retrospect, the signs were all there. I just didn’t want to see them. Andy recently completed his 100th Digital Short on the show, starring Justin Bieber, and also released Lazy Sunday II, a perfect bookend for one of the first digital shorts that went viral back in 2005, Lazy Sunday. There was even a line in Lazy Sunday II that alluded to him leaving: “On these New York streets / I honed my fake rap penmanship / That’s how it began / And that’s how I’ma finish it.” I guess it all makes sense, but I just want to know why. Why, Andy, why?? According to his Times interview it was “one of the hardest decisions [he's] ever made,” but he turned to Kristen Wiig for guidance:
“She kept saying it just feels like it’s her time,” Mr. Samberg said. “I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do.”
Oh so it’s Kristen’s fault. She’s the one who drove him away. Well isn’t that just perfect. I’m trying not to be bitter, but you guys are ruining my life. Sigh. No, I don’t mean that. I hope you guys both find new things that make you really happy…just don’t forget about me, okay?