Saturday Night Live stars Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis have reportedly decided to leave the show. Sources claim that the trio will leave at the end of this season in what will be a “huge blow” to the NBC format.
“Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season,” a source told Us Magazine.
“It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
The speculation comes after seven individuals apparently held auditions with SNL creator Lorne Michaels to replace Wiig.
One of them, Kate McKinnon, will make her debut in an episode hosted by Sofia Vergara this weekend.
However, an SNL spokesperson said: “No decisions have been made and won’t be until the end of the summer.”
A rep for both Wiig and Sudeikis has denied rumors of their exit, saying “There’s no truth to that Us Weekly item. Those decisions won’t be made until the season is over.” However a close friend of Wiig reports, “Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it’s no surprise.”
Wiig’s best known characters on SNL include tiny-handed Dooneese Merrill who’s part of a sister act on the Lawrence Welk Show and sexy-gross Shanna. Sudeikis is known for his portrayal of political figures and one half of the Two A–holes couple with Wiig. Samberg specializes in musical digital shorts such as “Lazy Sunday,” “D— in a Box” and “I’m on a Boat.”