The NYTimes’ ArtsBeat is announcing today that Will Forte will be leaving Saturday Night Live before the new season even begins.

The usual happy-all-around press release went out. Quoth Lorne Michaels:

“After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘S.N.L.’ to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”

This is a bit puzzling to me. Was MacGruber a big hit earlier this year and I simply don’t remember it? Actually, it turns out just the opposite. MacGruber has the distinction of being one of the biggest SNL movie bombs of all time.

This will sound snarky, but I mean this: good luck on those “new opportunities,” Will…

Classic Forte SNL sketch after the jump…

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