“Saturday Night Live” Says Goodbye to Some of Its Biggest Stars! So, What Does the Future Hold For Stefon?

As is sadly so often the case, all good things must come to an end. If there was ever a TV show that knew this better than anyone, it’s “Saturday Night Live.” I suppose it comes with the territory of being a sketch comedy show that has been on the air for over thirty-five years; cast members will come and go and the only thing to do is adapt and move on. This past Saturday for its thirty-eighth season finale, “SNL” bid adieu to some of its treasured tropes of oddball characters with the departure of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen.

The two long-time performers, Hader having been there eight years and Armisen eleven years, were given an appropriate and bittersweet send-off, allowing viewers a last glimpse at some of their more iconic personas. Bill Hader’s all-knowing New York City “nightlife correspondent” Stefon almost tied the knot with Anderson Cooper before being whisked away by permanent crush and “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers. As for Armisen, he graced the stage as his punk rock alter ego Ian Rubbish to perform one last time, joining forces with special guests from the Sex Pistols and Sonic Youth, as well as his “Portlandia” co-star Carrie Brownstein.

The traditional question one asks after a cast member leaves is where will they go from here? Well, it doesn’t seem they’ll be far from your TV screens for long. Bill Hader has about eleven projects in various stages of production on his IMDB profile, with feature films, TV show appearances, and voice work all on the agenda. As for Armisen, anyone who has seen his hilarious IFC sketch show should know that he excels at the more offbeat and eccentric comedy that “Portlandia” allows, and hopefully a season 4 run will let him do just that.

But what will become of the rest of the “SNL” cast and the show’s future? Jason Sudeikis has been rumored to be departing after this season as well, but the ten-year veteran hasn’t made an official announcement and the finale did little to say farewell to him. Could co-star Jay Pharaoh’s tweet yesterday discussing the departure of all 3 gentlemen be a confirmation?

And for those worried that the show has lost too many of its staples in recent years (I know we’re all still hurtin’ from Kristen Wiig leaving), I say: fret not. “Saturday Night Live” is a survivor and has endured many a cast exodus in its lengthy past. After every Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell leaves, the show is often slammed with a “how can it recover?” type media storm, but it always does. There will be rocky seasons as it tries to find its way, but new talent always seems to emerge. Already, the likes of Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Kate McKinnon have stepped up to the plate to ensure the hilarity will continue, and with so many spots opening up on the cast, it only leaves me eager to find out which new comedians Lorne Michaels will scoop up next season. Because as the saying goes, the show must go on!

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