Will Forte Not Returning to “SNL”

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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MacGruber is saying goodnight to “SNL”

Will Forte, the veteran “SNL” cast-member, is leaving the Saturday night NBC sketch- comedy show ahead of its 36th season this fall, according to reports.

"After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from SNL to pursue new opportunities," Forte’s rep said in a statement to various news outlets that also singled out “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels.

"He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years," Forte said.

Forte is best known on the show for portraying MacGruber, the clumsy action star character that is itself a send-up of fictional ‘80s TV secret-agent MacGyver.

A full-length feature film based on Forte’s character hit theaters earlier this year.

Selected Reading: SNL, MTV News, New York Times

 

 


 

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