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Will Ferrell Will Be Back on ‘SNL’ This Weekend, But Why Did He Ever Leave?

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On Saturday, Nov. 24, Will Ferrell will once again be hosting Saturday Night Live. And while we anticipate his return to the SNL stage, we’ve been reminiscing about some of our favorite Will Ferrell-centric sketches. Who could forget all the thrusting in “More Cowbell”? Or his almost too good performance as a Spartan Cheerleader? 

Will is certainly one of the great SNL legends. But why did Will Ferrell leave SNL?

Will Ferrell had some of the most memorable SNL sketches.

Will was a returning cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2002. Although his SNL career spanned only seven years, the sketches featuring Will remain some of the most memorable of all time. In fact, during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Will revealed that the “More Cowbell” sketch effectively ruined guest host Christopher Walken’s life.