This day was bound to come at some point, we'd just hoped it wouldn't be so soon. In an interview with the New York Times this morning, long-time Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader made the announcement that he plans on leaving the series at the end of this current season - meaning, this Saturday will be his last on the NBC late-night sketch comedy.

"It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," Hader told Dave Itzkoff at the NY Times. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'"

Hader has been a cast member on SNL since 2005. His contract on the series technically ended in spring 2012, but he was reportedly persuaded to stay on for one more season - it was then that he informed creator Lorne Michaels that he would be departing the series. "I'd heard stories that you get very emotional in those conversations," he commented, "and I’ve had other people tell me, 'Oh, I cried.' I didn't, but I did think I was about to faint."

We're not ready for this. What will late night comedy be without Stefon?!

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[via New York Times]