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Kristen Wiig leaves 'SNL'; how soon will she be back?

May 21, 2012|By Amy Hubbard

With tears, hugs and Mick Jagger, Kristen Wiig bid adieu to "Saturday Night Live" after a seven-year run, leaving a crew that she said had become family and a show that for her had come to mean New York.

The graduation-sketch finale had her dancing with castmates to the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday."

Wiig and fellow "SNL" players -- plus the show's creator, Lorne Michaels -- danced onstage. Andy Samberg gave her an impromptu spin that had her clutching at her miniskirt to avoid showing her Spanx on national TV.

If Wiig leaves like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey left, we should expect to see her face pop up again on "SNL." In fact, Poehler and another former castmate, Rachel Dratch, boogied with Wiig during her big sendoff.

Jon Hamm was also there for a big hug from his "Friends With Kids" costar. (Hamm also was, memorably but uncredited, the  obnoxious and hilarious boyfriend of Wiig's character in "Bridesmaids.")

With "Bridesmaids'" success -- the film took off at the box office and set a record earlier this year for video on demand -- the writing was on the wall for Wiig and "SNL." She starred in the film and was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay.

Wiig told Alec Baldwin last month on the frequent "SNL" host's podcast that eventually "everyone has to leave" the sketch comedy show. 

"This is my seventh year, and that's my family," she said. "It's my heart. It's New York to me."

Next to exit "Saturday Night Live"?

Samberg reportedly will take his leave. He's made his mark as a digital-short genius with "... in a Box," "I'm on a Boat," "Laser Cats" and others. And Jason Sudeikis may also finally go. The actor has stuck with the cast despite a film and TV career that's thrived outside of "SNL."

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