The L.A. Times ran a story Thursday morning about Jason Sudeikis' future at "Saturday Night Live," and even with the premiere of the NBC sketch show only about a month away, the 9-year veteran has yet to officially confirm whether or not he'll return to the show.
Complicating matters is the fact that he plays GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney. The show does not commonly recast presidential candidates in the middle of election cycles.
Unlike past interviews, Sudeikis spoke openly about possibly staying on the show after all. Most recently, he alluded to a potential exit in Men's Journal. Now, he seems open to staying on -- but only if given a reason to stay.
He told The Times:
"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."
As the end of the last season ramped up, it was widely rumored that Sudeikis would leave the show with fellow cast members Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. But on the season finale, both Wiig and Samberg got a send-off, while Sudeikis' plans remained ambiguous both on the show and in the media.
In April, longtime "SNL" political comedy writer James Downey told Maureen Dowd of The New York Times that he thinks Sudeikis will stay at least through the election.
Sudeikis will next be seen on the big screen in "The Campaign," which opens this Friday.
Amy Poehler As Hillary Clinton
Good thing Amy looks dazzling in all those pastel suits.
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin
Is this hilarious? You betcha!
Will Ferrell As George W. Bush
Big thanks to Ferrell and the "SNL" writers for inventing the word "Strategery."
Vaughn Meader As John F. Kennedy
Close your eyes and it is exactly JFK!
John Belushi As Henry Kissinger
Find out both the high point and low point of Kissinger's time as secretary of state.
Dana Carvey As George H.W. Bush
Before Will Ferrell became the most recognized Bush on "SNL," Dana Carvey reigned.
Mike Tyson As Herman Cain
While Kenan Thompson certainly delivers on "SNL," you can't beat Mike Tyson's portrayal of comedy's favorite GOP candidiate of the year.
Chris Farley As Newt Gingrich
If only we could see Farley's 2012 Gingrich impression. RIP.
Chevy Chase As Gerald Ford
This is also a good reminder of how attractive Chevy Chase used to be.
Phil Hartman As Ronald Reagan
David Frye As Richard Nixon
Frye made a career out of this spot-on impression. <a href="http://snl.jt.org/imp.php?i=11" target="_hplink">Dan Aykroyd's Nixon </a>wasn't bad either.
Jon Lovitz As Michael Dukakis
Just wait until the end.
Darrell Hammond As Bill Clinton
The lip bite seals the deal.
Fred Armisen As Barack Obama
We have to give Armisen some credit for attempting to do <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/cosby-obama/1386282" target="_hplink">his Bill Cosby impression</a> on top of his Obama impression.
Andy Samberg As Rahm Emanuel
"Are you ready to let the part of you that's human die?"
Jay Pharaoh: President Obama
Perhaps this "SNL" newcomer can do Obama's next four years.
Dana Carvey As Ross Perot
Who could forget this classic?
Dan Aykroyd As Jimmy Carter
Carter has all the answers.
Will Ferrell As Janet Reno
Next to his Dubya, this is the best.
Darrell Hammond As Dick Cheney
The winks are what truly make the impression work.
Norm MacDonald As Bob Dole
These are the times when Norm's monotone whining really comes in handy.
Kristen Wiig As Michele Bachmann
No one captures that wide-eyed, empty stare quite like she does.
Jason Sudeikis As Joe Biden
"When Americans chose Barack Obama, they also got me: Joe Biden."
Bill Hader As Rick Perry
"I'm not gonna be President, am I?"
Fred Armisen As David Paterson
The only place where this might not get a laugh? New Jersey!
Bill Hader As Eliot Spitzer
Hader and Seth Meyers are understandably losing it for most of this sketch.
Kenan Thompson As Jimmy McMillan
It may be hard to parody someone who's already a human caricature, but Kenan gives Jimmy McMillan the perfect send-up.
Jason Sudeikis As Rod Blagojevich
How much hairspray do you think the stylist had to put on that wig?
Jordan Peele As Barack Obama (NSFW)
We had to include just one more Obama impression, especially since half the credit belongs to Keegan-Michael Key as Luther, Obama's "anger translator."
Kristen Wiig As Nancy Pelosi
"Re-runs of 'Touched By An Angel,' re-runs of 'Magnum P.I.' Now watch this, 'Millions Without Healthcare."
Phil Hartman As Bill Clinton
We couldn't decide between Hartman or Hammond. Who could?
Al Franken As Henry Kissinger
In this 1980 bit from a Grateful Dead concert movie, Franken's late comedy partner Tom Davis interviews his spot-on Kissinger impression.
James Adomian As George W. Bush
Try telling us he doesn't give Will Ferrell a run for his money.
James Adomian As Jesse Ventura
How is he not on "SNL" yet?
Darrell Hammond As John McCain
"Barack Obama has fathered two black children in wedlock."
Jason Sudeikis As Mitt Romney
Leave it to the best "straight man" on "SNL" to play the year's least eccentric GOP candidate.