Jason Sudeikis leaving ‘SNL’ cast after 8 years
NEW YORK — After eight years on the air at “Saturday Night Live,” Jason Sudeikis says he’s calling it quits.
Sudeikis used another late-night institution to make his announcement, telling David Letterman in the taping of Wednesday’s show that he’s leaving NBC’s weekend program. Sudeikis had a busy election year on “Saturday Night Live,” portraying both Republican Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden.
Sudeikis told Letterman that his time on the show has been “really, really amazing.”
It’s an exodus of male cast members at “SNL.” Both Fred Armisen and Bill Hader previously announced they were leaving the show.
$400K embezzled from Matthews’ violinist
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man who was a personal assistant and financial manager for Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from the musician.
Getty Andrew Rothenberg, who had been friends with Tinsley for about two decades, pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville, court documents showed.
Rothenberg, 39, was initially paid $50,000 a year to pay Tinsley’s personal bills and expenses and direct investments for him. He also handled various personal and financial arrangements for Tinsley’s wife, court documents said. Rothenberg’s salary was later increased to $60,000.
Rothenberg routinely padded the bills and took the excess money for personal use from 2009 through 2012. He also withdrew cash from several accounts controlled by Tinsley, wrote checks to himself and accessed lines of credit established in Tinsley’s name.
Rothenberg faces up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17.
Flock of Seagulls van found; gear missing
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — A stolen van containing $70,000 worth of equipment belonging to the 1980s band Flock of Seagulls has been found in Southern California, but it was empty.
City News Service reports the truck was found this week in Santa Fe Springs.
Band frontman Mike Score says the rented van was stolen from a Downey hotel Sunday.
The stolen gear included stage clothing, guitars, drums, a keyboard and computer hard drives containing the songs for Score’s first solo album.
Hotel video recorded the theft, but no arrests have been made.
Flock of Seagulls is best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away).”