Tina Fey signing off SNL

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LOS ANGELES--Tina Fey has left the building. Well, mostly.

The head writer of venerable NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live won't be back when the show returns this fall, she told the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California. The "Weekend Update" coanchor is ramping up her own prime-time sitcom at NBC, the SNL parody 30 Rock.

She hinted that, although she won't officially be a part of SNL, she'll still be around.

"I know I will never, ever not be [at SNL] in some way. I'm never not going to call up with an opinion or show up on hiatus wanting to write a sketch," she said Saturday. "But I will not be in the cast, and I won't be a paid employee of Saturday Night Live next year.”

Fellow SNL and 30 Rock castmate Rachel Dratch is also leaving the show with Fey. 30 Rock premieres October 11.

The announcement ended months of speculation as to what Fey's role on SNL would be once her new show premiered. It also echoed statements made last week by NBC president Kevin Reilly, who said there would be a "tightening" of the cast.

It is unknown whether or not SNL cast member Seth Meyers will remain co-head writer, but show executive producer Lorne Michaels said no one has been hired yet to replace Fey on "Update." The process of finding a replacement will begin in September.

Michaels expressed sadness and resolve at Fey's departure.

"Am I happy about it? No. But it was time for Tina to do her own show," he said.

Fey was her typical sardonic self when discussing her reasons for leaving.

"I wanted to stop doing Saturday Night Live so I could spend more time with Star Jones," she quipped to laughter.

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It really sucks. This is going to be a major blow for the show, losing at once the two most talented cast members. Even more skits for Amy Poehler (I like her, but she´s in too many skits) and that new unfunny girl, dear lord. Good luck in their new project, anyway. It´s just that SNL kinda becomes a family, and it is sad to watch them leave.
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Hooray for her! SNL has been slipping in my opinion for quite some time now. In fact,her Weeken Uptake segment was the only reason I tuned in ,then surfed away. She has so much talent both in acting and writing and needs to try other ventures, that is after she gets enough of parenting. Good luck Tina!
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That sucks. I'm editor for Rachel Dratch and I wished there was some quote or something so I can enter it on her site. Nothing. Bummer :(
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they were so funny/sort of hard to replace them

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Weekend Update wont be the same... One of the only reasons I even watched.

Good for her tho.
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