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Bill Hader Announces 'Hard Decision' to Quit 'Saturday Night Live'

May 15, 2013 (2:20 am) GMT
The comedian known for his character Stefon on 'SNL' will leave the show after the season finale.

Another of "" veterans is departing the show. has announced that he will leave the NBC variety show when it ends the current 38th season. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," he told New York Times. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.' "

Hader joined the sketch comedy series in 2005 as a featured performer before being promoted to a full cast member a year later. He's best known for his impressions of famous people, such as , Brian Grazer, Vincent Price, Julian Assange, Alan Alda and .

The 34-year-old frequently reprises his role as Stefon, a city correspondent on "Weekend Update" segment, on the show. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on "SNL" in 2012. His last episode will air this weekend with as the host.

Hader's departure comes just days after it was officially announced that "SNL" head writer would replace on "Late Night" show. This means that Meyers has to leave the variety series when he starts his new gig in February 2014.

Also considering to leave the show are and . "I think they're making their decisions and we'll know soon enough," "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels commented on the two's fate. "I've said what I wanted to say to both. You never keep anybody there who doesn't want to be there, and there is a right time to leave, but it's more about where they are in their lives."

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