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Bobby Moynihan leaving 'Saturday Night Live' for CBS sitcom

18 May 2017, 08:08 | Nina Hammond

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Bobby Moynihan is departing Saturday Night Live after starring on the famed sketch comedy series for nine seasons. The only person on the current cast that's been on the sketch show longer is Kenan Thompson!

In fact, Deadline had previously reported that Moynihan had already planned for this to be his final "SNL" season after reportedly gaining a two-year contract extension (which is now up) on his initial seven-year contract with the show.

Moynihan's exit should not come as a shock to those who followed the news coming out of broadcast Upfronts.

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The regular season finale of "Saturday Night Live" stars Dwayne Johnson as host with musical guest Katy Perry. Moynihan, Larroquette and Jack Dylan Grazer will star as one character at different points in his life.

The veteran cast member's departure from the series comes as his new comedy pilot, Me, Myself & I, has been picked up to series by CBS, and will premiere on the network's fall schedule.

Beyond characters like the blubbering "Drunk Uncle", Moynihan regularly parodied Chris Christie during the 2016 presidential campaign until a certain someone became the official Republican nominee. Especially in these times", one wrote, while another noted "How can Bobby Moynihan leave SNL?

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