Academy Award winner Ben Affleck will serve as host on the season finale of Saturday Night Live this weekend and he will be joined by the banged up Kanye West as musical guest. NBC has released the promo videos for this weekend’s episode of SNL that feature host Ben Affleck and retiring SNL castmember Bill Hader. That’s right, Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live after this weekend’s season finale episode — taking all of his fun SNL characters with him :( Click the embed above to watch this week’s promo videos then click below to learn more about Bill Hader’s retirement from SNL.
With just one departure, “Saturday Night Live” is losing its excitable “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon; its frenetic incarnations of James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange; and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game show hosts. All of which is to say that Bill Hader, an eight-year veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” will be leaving that NBC late-night franchise when its season ends on Saturday. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in an interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’” Mr. Hader, 34, joined “SNL” as a featured performer in the fall of 2005 and was promoted to a full cast member the following year. He quickly became known for his offbeat celebrity impersonations, as well as portrayals of original characters like Stefon, a breathless aficionado of obscure New York nightclubs, and Vinny Vedecci, an Italian talk show host. Last year Mr. Hader (who has appeared in “Superbad,” “Tropic Thunder” and “Men in Black 3,” among other films) became the rare “Saturday Night Live” cast member to be nominated for an Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series.
Well this is sad news for SNL. The show isn’t great … it hasn’t been great for a while … but Bill Hader always managed to make me laugh, no matter how bad the skits were. It’ll be a bummer to have him leave the show … cuz SNL can use all the laughs it can muster. Make sure you tune in this weekend to watch Ben Affleck and Kanye West in action and bid a fond farewell to Bill Hader.