‘SNL’ comic bowing out

Will Forte leaves show after eight seasons

“MacGruber” has detonated his final “Saturday Night Live” explosive.

Comedian Will Forte, perhaps best known as the hapless “MacGyver” clone, won’t be back for the coming season of “Saturday Night Live.”

“After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from SNL to pursue new opportunities,” Forte’s publicist said Thursday. “He is eternally grateful to Lorne (Michaels) and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”

Forte, who joined “SNL” in 2002, recently turned his shaggy-haired “MacGruber” into a feature this summer — but the movie flopped at the box office. His portrayal of Peyton Manning is also considered among “SNL’s” best-ever bits.

Other Forte characters include “Tim Calhoun” and “The Falconer.”

Forte’s other credits include a guest stint on “30 Rock” and voice performances on animated skeins such as “The Cleveland Show,” “American Dad,” “Sit Down Shut Up” and “Clone High U.S.A.”

Before “SNL,” Forte also wrote for several series, including “That ’70s Show.” His feature credits include “The Brothers Solomon.”

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