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Sudeikis to stay at ‘SNL’ until January

Series vet will sign off after election season

Jason Sudeikis is sticking around at “Saturday Night Live” until January, long enough to take him–and his impersonation of Mitt Romney–through election season.

NBC is expected to announce Wednesday the return of the nine-year “SNL” veteran, which has remained uncertain from last season’s May finale right up to this week, just days away from the 38th season premiere on Saturday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It was widely anticipated Sudeikis would re-sign with the series for a partial season given his role as its resident Romney, an impression he’ll likely be called on to do frequently in coming episodes. “SNL,” which will also have primetime special editions on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, in the coming months, played a prominent role in the 2008 election cycles, between appearances on the series by both candidates and Tina Fey’s acclaimed turn as Sarah Palin.

Sudeikis, who also appears on the show as Vice President Joe Biden, wasn’t seen as a shoo-in to return given his growing resume of film roles in recent years. He recently appeared in “The Campaign” and his upcoming films include “We’re The Millers.”

Sudeikis’ return will provide some stability for “SNL” during a transition year for the cast. Two other series vets, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, departed the series, which may have only increased Sudeikis’ leverage at the negotiation table. A third cast member, Abby Elliott, made an unexpected exit in August as well, though she hadn’t been on the series as long as the other two.

“SNL” announced three new cast members on Monday: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong. It’s unknown whether Sudeikis’ departure will create another vacancy to be filled later in the season.

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