Uh oh. This can't be good. Bill Hader, one of "SNL's" most distinctive players who brought a variety of caricatures, tics, personas, impersonations and generally assorted deranged comic types to the show over the past eight seasons, is leaving, according to a report in Tuesday's New York Times.
Hader's rep confirmed the news shortly after, telling The Associated Press the 34-year-old will end his run after this weekend's season finale.
“It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go,” Hader said in the Times' story.
A shame and loss? Indisputably on both counts. Hader is one of those unique "SNL" stars who can command the screen, in his case, simply with the arching of his eyebrows. He's a very funny dude.
This isn't quite of the level of a Kristen Wiig departure, but it's right behind it; plus, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen are continuing their Hamlet-like flirtation with their "SNL" future, wondering whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune by remaining, or to call their agent and get a big screen offer...or maybe even a talk show.