Kristen Wiig Addresses SNL Exit Rumors: 'You Have to Leave Things That You Love'
Saturday Night Live vet Kristen Wiig took part in Alec Baldwin’s bi-monthly podcast, “Here’s The Thing“, and used the opportunity — after being nudged a bit by the 30 Rock star — to address recent reports that the current season of NBC’s late-night staple will be her last.
“Ummm, I don’t know,” Wiig hedged when Baldwin suggested her time on SNL was “winding down.”
“Everyone has to leave,” she continued. “And I will say that when I do leave it’s not because I’m sick of it and not because I see something better or anything like that. It’s just that it’s time. When I do leave, it will be the hardest thing.”
Wiig, whose contract is up at the end of this season, noted that when and if she vacates her spot as SNL‘s go-to funnylady, the decision won’t be an easy one. “This is my seventh year and that’s my family,” she shared, candidly. “It’s my heart. It’s New York to me.
“But,” she added, “you have to leave things that you love.”
When asked by Baldwin what she’ll miss most about the show should she leave, Wiig said, “the people [and] that camaraderie and… seeing all those faces every day. And also, that creative muscle that you have when you’re at SNL…”
It was reported last week that Wiig, along with co-stars Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, would depart SNL at season’s end. A rep for the series, however, told TVLine, “No decisions have been made and won’t be until the end of the summer.”