Jim Carrey Stepping Down From Joe Biden Role On ‘Saturday Night Live’

The actor is handing the role of Biden to someone elseJim Carrey is done playing Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live

Jim Carrey’s time playing Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live has come to an end.

The actor will now pass the role of President-elect Biden to someone else, although NBC declined to name who will fill Carrey’s shoes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan was for Carrey to play Biden just for six episodes and depart after the election but that was never made clear when Carrey was first announced for the role.

The 58-year-old actor confirmed the news in a tweet: “Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President.”

Carrey’s short run as Biden is much smaller than Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump, which he played throughout the last four years. Carrey is the third person to play Biden after Woody Harrelson and former castmember Jason Sudeikis.

Carrey’s departure could allow a cast member to take over or give the show a chance to find a different person to play Biden as the show gets ready to spoof Biden’s inauguration in January. Maya Rudolph has been playing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in recent episodes.

With Carrey at the helm, the SNL cold opens longer and more involved than usual, with one stretching out for 13 minutes. In a spoof of the first presidential debate, he muted Baldwin’s President Trump to give the country some peace. “Isn’t that satisfying?” Carrey’s Biden asked.

Saturday Night Live airs its final episode of 2020 tonight at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT

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