In a move to dismay many fans, Jason Sudeikis announced on David Letterman, he will indeed be leaving ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The ‘Eastbound & Down’ actor has maintained a string of appearances on screen and behind the scenes as a writer for several years on the popular, parody show.
Sudeikis is a busy man. Joining the SNL cast drove him into the epicenter of the spotlight to funny movies that increased his star power. He created laughs and fans when he delivered as hornball ‘Fred’ in ‘Hall Pass’ alongside Owen Wilson. Continuing his routine, he played ‘Kurt Buckman’ in ‘Horrible Bosses’ and it is rumored part two of the flick starring Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day will be appearing in 2014.
The ’30 Rock’ star joined the SNL cast in 2004 as a writer, noting his ability to make people laugh, he was placed in the show a year later. It seems his ambition would never keep him long, even in a popular show like SNL. Sudeikis was always a fan of comedy and even auditioned for the long-running performance ‘Blue Man Group.’ His path took him to the front door of SNL and he started writing sketches. His roles at first were small, they eventually grew until he was playing roles as former Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Sudeikis is the quiet and unassuming ladies man of Hollywood. He dated and married Kay Cannon, who is a writer for ’30 Rock.’ After seven years of marriage, the couple called it quits in 2010. The funnyman must have struck a chord in gorgeous January Jones when she made a star appearance on SNL. The two struck up a short-lived relationship before it fizzled out completely. Currently, the actor is engaged to Olivia Wilde. No wedding date has been set.
Outside of ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Sudeikis is busy working on two additional productions. He and his lady love will share the screen during the soon to be released comedy, ‘Relanxious.’ Its story-line focuses on two individuals falling for one another with a shared focus of anxiety and agoraphobia.
Another movie not yet dated for release is ‘Tumbledown’ starring Sudeikis. While the genre shows comedy, the story-line revolves around a woman (Rose Byrne) looking to escape the shadows of her husband’s death. If Sudeikis isn’t enough to draw the fan power, it is rumored ‘True Blood’ wolf Joe Manganiello will be making an appearance in the film.
Sudeikis is leaving his first big platform, his voice echoed nostalgia as he stated, “I’m gonna be leaving. I’m not coming back in the fall. It’s been fantastic. It’s been amazing. … I’m very, very lucky.” There was no word on any breakdown of communications, it just seems Sudeikis is looking to spread his big screen wings for the long-run, without a return to SNL- perhaps maybe to host it? He told Letterman about his departure, “A person can go on for as long as they want. I mean, Lorne [Michaels] has been kicking butt at it for 33 years out of 38, but for me, I’m definitely done,” Sudeikis said.
It appears SNL will be a distant memory for Sudeikis and like many others before him, they appreciated the platform and grew into tremendous stars. The actor stated he would not be returning in the fall and is looking forward to closing production on projects he currently has in the works.
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