While Season 42 of Saturday Night Live has yet to come to a close -- this weekend is the capper - the show has already managed to lose one of its shining stars, although it's not the most unpredictable situation. That's right, fans will be saying goodbye to longtime cast member Bobby Moynihan, who will finally lead his own TV comedy when the fall season rolls around.
Fans who have paid attention to Bobby Moynihan's recent career likely expected this news to come soon, seeing as how the Totally Ready For Primetime Now actor is gearing up to bring life to a new character on CBS' upcoming fall comedy Me, Myself & I. Which means he'll no longer get to take on the plethora of characters and celebrities we've seen him perfect over the years on Saturday Night Live.
Now that Donald Trump/Alec Baldwin is President, Moynihan's Ted Cruz wasn't the most frequent personality needed anyway, but there were so many more that he's nailed over his nine years on the show. Everybody needs a Drunk Uncle, no matter who's in the White House. (Maybe not an Ass Dan, though, may he live forever.) I, for one, would like to see an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia where Frank meets Bobby Moynihan's Danny DeVito impression. And his take on Food Network star Guy Fieri is arguably more bearable than the man himself. He's also been solid as headline names in both pop culture and beyond, with turns as George R.R. Martin, George Lucas, Snooki, Kim Jong-un and more.
Here's what he had to say about leaving his comedy home, according to E! News:
We'll see. My life's dream was to be on that show and I don't ever want to leave, but [Me, Myself & I] did get picked up so we'll see. It was the best. That's all I wanted to do.
Below, you'll find one of his last shots with the SNL cast, along with Dwayne Johnson. Never a bad picture when The Rock is involved.
News of Bobby Moynihan's exit came as CBS took part in the Upfronts presentations, and the actor was promoting Me, Myself & I, the timeline-jumping story of Alex Riley that focuses on three distinct periods of his life. Moynihan will play Alex as a 40-year-old in the present, as he's going through a divorce and sleeping on his best friend's couch. That best friend is played by Jaleel White, while Jack Dylan Grazer and John Larroquette will respectively play Alex at 14 and at 65. (Larroquette will be seen in the year 2042, which should be interesting.)
Bobby Moynihan was already reportedly planning to make this his last SNL season, which made him available for pilots in the first place. He's also got voice roles in We Bare Bears, Nature Cat and the new DuckTales cartoon, but he's always worked on animated projects during his Saturday Night Live tenure, along with a host of live-action appearances. It was time for him to front his own show in any case, and here's hoping he can make Me, Myself & I as fun as he's made SNL over the years.
Saturday Night Live will conclude this weekend with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as host and Katy Perry as musical guest. And you can find Bobby Moynihan's Me, Myself & I premiering on CBS on Mondays this fall. In the meantime, check out our summer TV schedule to see what shows you can find in the coming months.