Will Forte Exits Saturday Night Live

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The New York Times reports that Will Forte, who played such characters as MacGruber, Tim Calhoun and Jon Bovi, will not be returning for the 36th season of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC this fall:

“The departure was confirmed by two people with direct knowledge of the show’s planning but who were not allowed to speak on the record because ‘Saturday Night Live’ has not officially announced details of its coming season. Representatives for Mr. Forte and for NBC’s late-night entertainment division did not immediately comment, but one of the sources said the parting was amicable and at the choosing of Mr. Forte, who plans to pursue other projects.”

Forte joined “SNL” in its 2002-2003 season. He also appeared in the film version of MacGruber earlier this year and has done guest appearances on “30 Rock,” “The Cleveland Show” and “”American Dad!”