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08.31.2010

Last week news broke that Will Forte was leaving "Saturday Night Live" after eight seasons. Besides a statement from his publicist confirming the news, Forte had yet to comment publicly on the move but in a phone conversation yesterday afternoon, the MACGRUBER star spoke at length about his "really hard decision" to call it quits.

"I think people thought, 'Oh this guy thinks he's some big hot shot! Thinks he's gonna go out and get a bunch of movie deals!' But it really had nothing to do with that," Forte explains. In fact he would later admit he has no future plans other than playing volleyball and drinking beer. As we talk about his departure, the normally jovial and goofy star known for "SNL" skits like "Fart Face" and "The Falconer" suddenly gets serious. "Maybe it's because I turned 40 and I started getting very..." Forte takes a long pause and sighs before adding, "...introspective."

"I just wanted to be close to my family," Forte says, specifically mentioning his sister, a niece and an impending nephew. "If you really want to do good work there, you really have to give it your all and that makes having a life outside work kinda tough."

"SNL" producer Lorne Michaels attempted to convince Forte to stay one more year but Forte says he had already extended his original seven-year contract an additional year and that, in the end, "Eight years is just a long time." Michaels, Forte says, was "incredibly supportive" of the decision to leave.

Though Forte says he's "really going to miss" being a part of the cast, he may not have to wait long to return. "Oh my God, I would do anything ["SNL"] asked me to do! If they ever wanted me to come back and do a "MacGruber" for one episode, I would do whatever they want...I don't plan on being a stranger from those guys."

Though Forte has moved on (quite literally - he called from his new home in Los Angeles), he says "I will cherish that experience for the rest of my life."

I'll have much more with Will Forte including how he handled MACGRUBER backlash, his plans for the future and the sketch he'll always regret not getting on "SNL," next week so check back on Tuesday for our full profile.

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:31AM on 08/31/2010

Funny guy!

Just saw MACGRUBER the other night and Will was hilarious.
Just saw MACGRUBER the other night and Will was hilarious.
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10:06AM on 08/31/2010

greg stink......

you will be missed
you will be missed
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7:08PM on 09/10/2010
Just curious, when are you going to post the rest of this interview with him?
Just curious, when are you going to post the rest of this interview with him?
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11:57AM on 08/31/2010
Him and Wiig were the only funny people the last few years
Him and Wiig were the only funny people the last few years
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10:27PM on 08/31/2010
Forte is hilarious but if the guy needs to move on, he needs to move on. Thanks for all the laughs, Will!
Forte is hilarious but if the guy needs to move on, he needs to move on. Thanks for all the laughs, Will!
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7:33PM on 08/31/2010

Screw the box office

MacGruber was the funniest movie I've seen this year. I guess Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are the only reasons to watch SNL now. And Abby Elliot. Damn shes cute.
MacGruber was the funniest movie I've seen this year. I guess Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are the only reasons to watch SNL now. And Abby Elliot. Damn shes cute.
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6:09AM on 09/01/2010
Sorry to hear this news. I think there's like 3 others that should go,or be replaced for the upcoming season,though I like all those kids!-I would replace Andy Samberg-Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan (though no idea what kind of contracts these members are under?). I kinda figured Will may have been thinking about jumpin' ship and perhaps Kristen Wiig? I wouldn't be surprised to see her bail.
Sorry to hear this news. I think there's like 3 others that should go,or be replaced for the upcoming season,though I like all those kids!-I would replace Andy Samberg-Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan (though no idea what kind of contracts these members are under?). I kinda figured Will may have been thinking about jumpin' ship and perhaps Kristen Wiig? I wouldn't be surprised to see her bail.
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1:24PM on 08/31/2010
Old SNL classics are the only ones I enjoy. Todays SNL sucks but they get an occasional gem, but theyre rare
Old SNL classics are the only ones I enjoy. Todays SNL sucks but they get an occasional gem, but theyre rare
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11:33AM on 08/31/2010

He sucks!

Forte is about as funny as a hard kick in the nuts. Most of the current SNL lineup is shit.
Forte is about as funny as a hard kick in the nuts. Most of the current SNL lineup is shit.
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9:51AM on 08/31/2010

Not Funny

Sorry guys, I haven't thought that Forte or the SNL cast has been very funny....hell, the last decade of SNL has been terrible. Give me the Belushi/Ackroyd days.
Sorry guys, I haven't thought that Forte or the SNL cast has been very funny....hell, the last decade of SNL has been terrible. Give me the Belushi/Ackroyd days.
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