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Andy Samberg appears in his official Saturday Night Live cast photo. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Andy Samberg leaving 'Saturday Night Live' along with Kristen Wiig

06/01/2012 by Olivia Allin

Andy Samberg might have not gotten a tearful farewell, but the comedian and actor has confirmed that he will be leaving the cast of "Saturday Night Live."

"It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," Samberg told the New York Times on Friday, June 1. "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."

Samberg joined the cast of the long-running sketch comedy show in 2005, after previously contributing as part of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island, which was also comprised of collaborators Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

Samberg told the NYT that the decision to leave "Saturday Night Live" was "one of the hardest decisions I've ever made.

The 33-year-old actor seemingly hinted at his departure in a rap entitled "Lazy Sunday 2," during the May 19 season finale when he said, "On these New York streets I hone my fake rap penmanship / That's how it began, and that's how I'm-a finish it."

Samberg was best known for his filmed segments like "Dick in a Box," which co-starred Justin Timberlake and won the pair a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

He also appeared in skits like "I'm on a Boat," "Motherlover" and "I Just Had Sex," all of which went viral after debuting on the live sketch show.

In addition, Samberg has appeared in films like "Friends With Benefits," "I Love You, Man," "What's Your Number?" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." He also appeared on series like "Parks and Recreation" AND "Portlandia."

Samberg said that he sought the advice of Kristen Wiig, who also decided to leave the series after seven seasons. During the finale, Wiig was honored with a tearful send-off.

"She kept saying it just feels like it's her time," Samberg said of Wiig's decision. "I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it's the moment. My contract's up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do."

Samberg will appear next in the Adam Sandler film "That's My Boy" and opposite Rashida Jones in the romantic comedy, "Celeste and Jesse Forever." The movies hit theaters on June 15 and August 3, respectively.

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