Andy Samberg on leaving 'SNL': 'Very difficult decision to make'

No more boat parties for him.

Andy Samberg confirmed he wouldn’t be back on Saturday Night Live next season, and last night he went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his “very difficult” decision and what’s next. He said that while it wasn’t easy to leave SNL, he had been on the program for seven seasons, and felt it was time to go.

After the last episode of SNL, amid rumors that he was leaving, many questioned why Kristen Wiig got a big send-off, and there wasn’t a similar one for Mr. Digital Shorts. Samberg told Kimmel there was no favoritism, he was simply a procrastinator. He explained that Wiig had spoken to Lorne Michaels beforehand, and so everyone on-set knew she was leaving; Samberg had not. But he shared that the ‘100th Digital Short’ video the episode prior was his “safety net” sendoff that really commemorated what he brought to the program. Red Vine, mother-lovers, and boombox enthusiasts can all agree on that.

Check out the interview — with guest appearances by his mom and sister — below:

In addition to co-starring with Adam Sandler in That’s My Boy (out June 15), you can catch Samberg  later this summer opposite Rashida Jones in the comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever.

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