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Confirming rumors that have been circulating for months, and which were punctuated by his performance of Lazy Sunday 2 on the Saturday Night Live season finale last month, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he's exiting the iconic sketch show.

Andy Samberg on SNL

“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life,” Samberg told The New York Times yesterday in a telephone interview. “Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back.”

Samberg joined SNL in 2005 and went on to become the master of the Digital Short. He can also do a mean impression of Nicholas Cage.

Referring to this move as "one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made," the comedian will next be seen alongside Adam Sandler in this summer's That My Boy. His depature follows that of Kristen Wiig, who was given an emotional send-off on that same season finale.

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Kristen Wiig got a musical sendoff on the season finale of Saturday Night Live.

The popular cast member is leaving the show after seven years, and in her final skit, guest host Mick Jagger played the principal at a high school graduation and brought up Wiig, in cap and gown, as "one particular student who is leaving this summer."

The symbolism? Not subtle. The emotions? Running high.

She danced in turn with Jagger, cast members and executive producer Lorne Michaels to the tune of the Rolling Stones classic "She's a Rainbow."

The ensemble then sang sang another Stones hit, "Ruby Tuesday," with its line, "still I'm gonna miss you." Wiig appeared to be holding back tears.

Wiig's departure, while widely expected - her hit film Bridesmaids was just the start of a promising movie career - is still a tough blow for the show.

Her limitless range on SNL brought us attention-seeker Penelope, Kat (half of the musical duo Garth and Kat), the Target woman and other oddballs.

Real-life notables she played include Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and most recently, Tanning Mom.

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Lazy Sunday, the Saturday Night Live digital short that transformed the show and is credited with popularizing YouTube, got a long-awaited sequel this weekend.

Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg are back, rapping about weekend activities such as where to get their snack on and seeing the Broadway version of Sister Act.

It would be fitting for Samberg, who is reportedly leaving the show, to bookend his career in such fashion, as the original Lazy Sunday was his first big hit.

Feast your eyes on the long-awaited Lazy Sunday 2 right here:

Not as good as the original, but pretty funny. It was a bold move to even try. For your reference (and laughs), check out the original, 2005 video below:

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Justin Bieber helped Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone celebrate their 100th Digital Short this weekend on Saturday Night Live, but the teenager immediately regretted doing so after he learned just how the pair planned on touting the feat.

"Tonight we are celebrating our 100th short," Samberg sings in the following video. "Congratulations to us, truly a major milestone. Guess what we're going to do? Tonight, we're gonna suck our own c-ck."

Wait... what?!? Justin responds.

At various points, former Digital Short stars such as Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton and Jon Hamm also showed up.

So did Justin Timberlake, who, of course, is responsible for the most memorable edition of all-time. In case you forgot, we have four words for you: D-ck in a Box.

Host Will Ferrell joined in the festivities as well, concluding the video with: "I do endorse this song. My name is Will Ferrell and I'm sucking my own dong."

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Give Patricia Krentcil credit where due.

The New Jersey woman, now known as Tanning Mom after her arrest for (allegedly) letting her six-year-old go tanning with her, knows how to take a joke.

Kristen Wiig's impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update news segment this weekend was "well done," she told the New York Post.

Tanning Mom conceded, "The whole thing was hysterical."

During the sketch, a charred-looking Wiig likened Patricia Krentcil to a Slim Jim, and later "Wile E. Coyote right after something's blown up in his face."

The 44-year-old Krentcil, who pleaded not guilty to felony child endangerment charges last week, was not nearly amused after Snooki called her crazy.

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Rihanna appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend, performing "Birthday Cake" sans Chris Brown and "Talk That Talk" in black knee-high boots and high-waisted, very short shorts ... par for the course for the 24-year-old.

She also sang her new hit "Where Have You Been" on what was most likely one of the most elaborate sets a performer has had, an Arabian themed set-up featuring ornate costumes, drummers and at least 10 backup dancers.

Watch both of Rihanna's Saturday Night Live performances here:

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We know he's got moves, but does he have a sense of humor?

Saturday Night Live fans will find out on May 19, as iconic musician Mick Jagger has been tapped to host the season finale of the legendary sketch show. He will also serve as its musical guest.

Mick Jagger Pic

Saturday Night Live will close out this season with a run of three consecutive shows, culminating in Jagger's turn as emcee.

This Saturday, Eli Manning will be at the helm, while Will Ferrell returns on May 12. Which host has you most excited?

 

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Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLIV, will host Saturday Night Live gig on May 5, the NBC show announced.

The musical guest that night? None other than Rihanna!

Manning previously appeared on the program five years ago, but only as audience member when his big brother Peyton Manning hosted the broadcast.

It will be Rihanna's third musical appearance on SNL.

  • Eli Manning, MVP!
  • Rih-anna

The five-time Grammy winner visited the late night institution in October 2010, with Mad Men star Jon Hamm handling hosting duties on that occasion.

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On this week’s Saturday Night Live, Andy Cohen was mocked so relentlessly that many wondered if he'd be legitimately offended, but he took it like a good sport.

Taran Killam starred as the Bravo host, portraying him as a fame-obsessed, egotistical, flamboyant moderator of Watch What Happens Live ... which he sort of is.

Still, the snark was off the charts, with a couple of "yeah, they really said that" kind of moments. The source material wasn't upset by it, however. On the contrary.

Upon learning of the skit, Cohen tweeted, “OMG the one night I go to bed early I’m lampooned on SNL?! Great job I am flattered! #ImLikeAShark #VeryCute.”

Good to know he can take it as well as he dishes it out:

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Is a major Saturday Night Live shakeup about to change the face of television's most iconic program?

According to Us Weekly sources, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are ALL departing the sketch comedy series following this season, with this insider stating the obvious:

"It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy's video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they'll need help!"

SNL Cast Pic

That's for sure. Unless the show can simply have a rotating host list of Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake and Alec Baldwin.

Wiig, of course, is coming off the wild success of Bridesmaids and is one of the most sought after comedic actresses in Hollywood. Sudeikis, meanwhile, will soon appear in the upcoming movie Relanxious opposite real-life girlfriend Olivia Wilde. Which may explain why he's exiting the show.

Who wouldn't want to just sit at home and stare at that star all day?!?

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