Despite rumors that Jason Sudeikis would join fellow cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliot in leaving Saturday Night Live, he will reportedly remain on the show until January.
Variety reported the news, adding that the financial details of Sudeikis’ deal were not revealed.
Fans of Sudeikis’ recurring impersonation of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will surely be happy to hear that the SNL vet will stay on the show through the election season. Add his impression of Vice President Joe Biden, and Sudeikis is sure to be busy this fall.
Sudeikis’ fate on the long-running NBC sketch comedy show was up in the air since last season’s May finale. This finale marked the last episode for Wiig, Samberg and Elliot, the latter two of whom announced their departures after the fact. Sudeikis’ recent movie resume, including last month’s comedy The Campaign and the upcoming film We’re the Millers, led many to believe that he had moved on from the show.
Sudeikis and his returning cast mates will be joined this season by three recently announced new cast members: Tom Robinson, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant.
The news that Sudeikis will stay comes days before this Saturday’s 38th season premiere, which will be hosted by Family Guy showrunner Seth MacFarlane with musical guest Frank Ocean.