Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live.
“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader said in an interview with the New York Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’”
Hader joined SNL in 2005 as afeatured performer and was brought on as a full cast member the following year. He was best known for his skits as Stefon, a reviewer of obscure New York nightclubs and Vinny Vedecci, an Italian talk-show host.
“In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition [as Dan Akroyd, for which Hader drew comparisons],” Lorne Michaels, executive producer, said. “He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.”
It remains to be seen what Hader's plans are for after SNL, but he has already starred in several movies including Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3.