Image Credit: NBCAfter eight seasons of portraying eccentric characters like Andy the “Ohhhhhhhh, Noooooooo!” guy and totally heroic ones like MacGruber, Will Forte will not return for this fall’s 36th season of Saturday Night Live, according to the New York Times. Forte’s parting was reportedly at his own choosing and he plans to pursue other projects. [ArtsBeat]

During an interview this May prior to the release of the MacGruber feature film, Forte told EW, “I can’t imagine not being [at SNL]… It’s the longest job I’ve had. But you can’t stay forever. I love working there, though. And I love everybody that I work with. So I would not be surprised if I was back for another year. It’s such hard work, but it’s also unlike anything else, and it’s really an addiction almost.”

Can you deal with a Saturday Night Live without Forte? Who will impersonate Zell Miller?!

UPDATE: EW has confirmed that the actor will be parting ways with SNL. “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from SNL to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne [Michaels] and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years,” Forte’s publicist said in a statement released to EW.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

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