Jason Sudeikis will return to ‘Saturday Night Live’

By Daniel Levine,

Jason Sudeikis’ return to Saturday Night Live was in doubt, but multiple reports this morning confirm that he will be back.

NBC confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, while The New York Times spoke to executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels. “Jason is in,” Michaels said Tuesday night.

Michaels would not say if Sudeikis would be back for the full season, though. “Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January,” he said. “He’s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me.”

Sudeikis’ contract was up after this past season, which led many wondering if he would be back or would follow Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig out the door. In a July interview with Men’s Journal, he sounded as if he would leave, notes EW.

“It’s an amazing job and a horrible job,” he said at the time. “You really do serve the show. It’s just like playing in a community college. Everybody knows they’re not going to be there forever. Even the coach wants to go to a D-I school.”

Sudeikis will likely play a key role during the election cycle, as he has been the longtime impersonator of both Vice President Joe Biden and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He will probably be very busy, as NBC ordered two extra election specials. SNL will have a total of seven shows between Saturday’s season premiere and Election Day.

The news comes just days after NBC confirmed that Chicago comics Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson will be the newest members of the cast.

SNL’s 38th season kicks off on Saturday with Seth MacFarlane hosting and Frank Ocean as the musical guest.

image: NBC

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