Andy Samberg Talks Leaving 'SNL' With Adam Sandler (Video)
The news officially broke Friday that this past season of Saturday Night Live was the last for Andy Samberg. "It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life," the comedian told The New York Times on Friday. "Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back."
But don't fret for Samberg -- he has a "father figure" in another former SNL cast member who has found success after the TV sketch show: Adam Sandler. The two have been promoting their Father's Day flick, That's My Boy, and Samberg discussed his emotional goodbye and what he'll miss the most after seven years with the NBC show.
"The people and the friends, definitely," Samberg told MTV News ahead of the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. "I've been saying it a lot — I'm going to miss all of my friends and the people I work with. I love them all so much, and I'm hoping to stay in touch with them."
That said, Samberg is comfortable with his decision to not extend his contract in Studio 8H.
"Over seven years, that show is like — and [Sandler] knows — it's like going to war or being on a sports team," Samberg said. "It's just everyone working towards this common goal at full speed. When you lift your head up from that and go out into the world, you kind of realize, you'll always be nicely shell-shocked in a way that only the people who did it with you can understand. I'll definitely miss having such an amazing outlet and being able to do comedy on such a storied show that everyone pays attention to, but ... "
"But now you can do it on YouTube," Sandler interrupted.
"Right," Samberg said. "Now it's like straight to YouTube."
Like Samberg, Sandler left the show himself in 1995, and he found enormous box office success through movies like The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and more. The comedian's three latest films -- despite being ripped apart by critics and winning several Razzie Awards -- have grossed more than $180 million so far this year. He shared some career advice for the younger SNL castoff.
"He's doing it all right," Sandler said. "This guy cares about being a good person first, and I love that about him. He's a hard-working fool when he wants to be, and he's really a smart, talented and great guy. I know he's going to do everything he wants to do.
"I was aggressive back in the day," he continued. "I was driven and needed to get my movies made and blah blah blah. He's less nutty about it. He's a very passionate and smart guy who knows about what should come first, and that's life. Right? Something like that?"
"Yeah," Samberg enthusiastically replied. "Right!"