Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney on Saturday Night Live.
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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Jason Sudeikis hasn't said that he's leaving Saturday Night Live, despite lots of stories reporting that he could be following Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg out the door.
In his latest interview, with the Los Angeles Times, Sudeikis, 36, seems to indicate that he's negotiating a better deal. Part of what may be complicating the situation is that Sudeikis plays Mitt Romney and SNL is at its best during an election season.
(That's one reason Seth Meyers says he's not interested in being a permanent co-host on Live! With Kelly, despite most of you saying he'd be the best person for the job.)
Sudeikis, who has a role in The Campaign, tells the Times, "You start at SNL when you're young and hungry, but I don't want my pro years to be my SNL years. This is me getting to play for KU or Duke or North Carolina, with pro-caliber people, but I don't want this to be it."
He wants more from SNL. "I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that ... haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there. It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I'm not buying a boat because of writing skits. It's more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in. To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye - of being Mitt Romney - is not enough."