Andy Samberg Talks Saturday Night Live Exit: 'It's Definitely Bittersweet'

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Andy Samberg arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 18, 2011 -- Getty Images
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Andy Samberg announced he was ending his seven-season run on "Saturday Night Live" last week, something he told Access Hollywood was "bittersweet."

"My contract was up. I felt like it was my time," the actor told Access at the "That's My Boy" junket over the weekend.

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"I felt like it went better than I ever could have imagined there," the star - known for his digital shorts including "Lazy Sunday" and "D*** in a Box," with Justin Timberlake - continued.

"I worked so hard on those shorts and the guys that I did them with are gone now, I just felt like it was the moment for me [to leave], but it was a dream come true," he explained of being a part of the "SNL" cast for so long. "That was my dream job since I was a little kid, so it's definitely bittersweet walking away from it. But, I also will always look back on it fondly and be grateful.

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Adding, "I hope to never truly leave."

Fellow "SNL" star Kristen Wiig also left at the end of this season. Jason Sudeikis who joined the NBC series during the 2005-06 season with Kristen and Andy has not said if he's returning for another season.

"That's My Boy" with Adam Sandler hits theaters on June 15.

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