NEW YORK — NBC “Saturday Night Live” star Jimmy Fallon informed viewers this weekend that he is leaving the long-running sketch comedy show.
Fallon made the somewhat surprise announcement as “SNL” wrapped for the season. At the end of the “Weekend Update” segment, which Fallon co-anchors with Tina Fey, he said it was his last show and thanked viewers.
NBC execs were not surprised, saying Fallon’s departure had been rumored.
Fallon, who had been with “SNL” for five seasons, will continue to pursue his movie career and other projects.
NBC U Entertainment, News and Cable prexy Jeff Zucker did not mention Fallon’s departure to advertisers at Monday’s upfront sesh in Gotham but made other latenight news by announcing that the net has extended Carson Daly’s contract to host “Last Call” for three more years.
Daly’s new deal commences in September. His show, which airs at 1:36 a.m. following “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” debuted in January 2002.
“I think I am really building a following with America’s prisoners, night crawlers and doormen,” Daly quipped.