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Fred Armisen calls it quits at SNL

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NEW YORK -- Fred Armisen has confirmed he has left Saturday Night Live after 11 years.

Armisen dispelled any doubt about his exit in an interview posted Monday by comedy website Splitsider.

SNL often doesn't announce its cast changes, but the show's season finale in May concluded with a farewell for Armisen and Bill Hader.

Armisen says he felt as though his departure from SNL was "obvious" considering in his last sketch he sang "It's been a lovely night with you" as British punk rock character Ian Rubbish. He was accompanied by several friends and musicians including Carrie Brownstein, his co-star on the IFC sketch show Portlandia.

Armisen says he left partly because Portlandia was demanding more time and because "it felt like a very healthy, good time to do it."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2013 C2

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