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Fred Armisen Confirms "Saturday Night Live" Departure

NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews(NEW YORK) -- Fred Armisen has officially confirmed that he's leaving Saturday Night Live after 11 seasons.  In fact, he's already left.

Armisen, 46, confirmed his departure to Splitsider, saying of his final sketch on the show's season finale last May, "I didn't do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious.  An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast."

The sketch to which Armisen refers is where he appeared appeared as British punk singer Ian Rubbish with his band, The Bizzaros, comprised of Jason Sudeikis -- also rumored to be leaving the show -- Taran Killam and Bill Hader, who announced his departure earlier this year. 

Armisen opened the performance by saying, "Well, look it's our last night here."  Hader added, "But we're going to keep playing together."

"There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion," Armisen said of the sketch.

Armisen admitted the fact that his IFC comedy show Portlandia was renewed for two more seasons added to his decision to leave SNL.

"Portlandia started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it'd be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting," he said.  "...I was like, 'I'm enjoying this so much, this'll be a good time to kind to go to the next phase.'"

Still, fans may be able to see Armisen on SNL in the future.

"I feel like people don't really just leave in a cold way," he said of the show.  "I think people stay around in their own way."

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