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Bobby Moynihan departing ‘SNL’ after nine years

FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Bobby Moynihan attends the premiere of "The Secret Life of Pets" at the David H. Koch Theater in New York. Deadline.com reports Moynihan is leaving "Saturday Night Live" following this weekend’s season finale after nine seasons on the NBC show. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

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Bobby Moynihan is leaving “Saturday Night Live.”

Not surprisingly, but a little unfortunately since he’s such a flexible player, Bobby Moynihan is leaving “Saturday Night Live.” This weekend’s episode, the 42nd season finale hosted by Dwayne Johnson with musical guest Katy Perry, will be his last.

The reason his departure is no surprise: Moynihan stars in a new comedy called “Me, Myself & I,” which got picked up this week by CBS. The single-cam show sounds ambitious: It’s about one man at three points in his life. Moynihan is the 40-year-old present-tense version, John Larroquette is the future 65-year-old version, and Jack Dylan Grazer is the past-tense kid version.

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Also, Moynihan has been on “Saturday Night Live” for nine seasons, the most senior member of the current cast except for Kenan Thompson, who has been on the show for 14 seasons. At some point, the birds must fly the nest.

It’s a noteworthy loss for the show. Moynihan never became a star cast member, like Kristen Wiig or Kate McKinnon, but he was always dependable and provided strong support. He also developed a few distinctive characters, such as Drunk Uncle on “Weekend Update,” and a number of his impressions — of Snooki, Chris Christie, Kim Jong-un, Guy Fieri — were memorable.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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