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Saturday Night Live can breathe easy about its political sketches this election season; its Mitt Romney will be back.
NBC confirms that Jason Sudeikis, who plays the Republican nominee for president, will be back for the 38th season of the sketch series. His contract expired after last season, and had publicly vascillated about returning, saying that playing Romney was “not enough,” and hinted at hoping to have some more creative input.
“I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there,” Sudeikis told the Los Angeles Times. “It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I’m not buying a boat because of writing skits. It’s more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in.”
He also has a growing film career, featuring in films such as Horrible Bosses and The Campaign.
Sudeikis’ decision to stay another year is a big boost to a show that has lost stars Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott. Earlier this week, NBC announced that three new featured players had been hired to fill out the cast.
The show will return with Seth MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Craig as its first three guest hosts.
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