Will Forte signs off ‘SNL’ on a strong note
HollywoodNews.com: Will Forte, who has been on “Saturday Night Live” for the last seven seasons, is leaving the show.
Forte was best known on the show for the character he took to the big screen: MacGruber, a knock-off of ‘80s TV action star “MacGyver.” “MacGruber,” an economically priced comedy, bombed at the May box office making $8.5 million. Other Forte “SNL” alter egos include Tim Calhoun, a soft-spoken political candidate and Jon Bovi, a member of the Bon Jovi “opposite tribute band.”
In an e-mail message through his spokesperson, Forte was extremely gracious to the show’s producer Lorne Michaels: “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘S.N.L.’ to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”
Forte is an alum of the Groundlings sketch comedy school who amped his showbiz resume as a story editor on “Third Rock From the Sun” and “That ‘70s Show” before joining “SNL.”
The New York Times had the news.
Weeks before the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” it is typical for the show to make new cast hires and fires. However, for many of the show’s respected vets’ exits in the past, i.e. Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan, “SNL” often gives them a ‘send-off’ episode at either the mid season or finale point.
Often, those actors, like Forte, who thrive on “Saturday Night Live” are those who create staple characters, typically whose ‘catch-phrase’ alter egos can be branded on T-shirts and mugs, i.e. Dan Aykroyd’s Coneheads, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s “Wayne’s World” hosts.
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