Bobby Moynihan exiting 'Saturday Night Live' after 9 seasons

Bobby Moynihan leaving 'Saturday Night Live' for CBS sitcom

The longtime cast member is departing the series after nine seasons on the NBC sketch show, a source close to the show confirmed to CNN.

Moynihan has proven himself to be one of SNL's strongest cast members since he joined in 2008 and has since become one of the most popular and recognizable comedians now on the show. Deadline reports that Moynihan had a typical seven-year contract with SNL and signed a two-year extension.

Moynihan introduced Me, Myself & I and his new co-stars at the Upfront presentations, but did not confirm at the time if he was going to be leaving SNL.

During his 9 year run, Moynihan has amassed a very big list of unforgettable characters, with his epic Weekend Update character Drunk Uncle possibly being the most recognizable. It focuses on three distinct periods in Alex Riley's life - as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day (Moynihan) and a 65-year-old (John Larroquette) in 2042. Kapital Entertainment is producing in association with Warner Bros.

Saturday's finale, with host Dwayne "The Rock Johnson" and musical guest Katy Perry, marks the end of season 42, and allegedly has been planned as Moynihan's last show for a while. Television. Writer Dan Kopelman is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, and pilot director Randall Einhorn.

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