It definitely was hard. People will say that they cried. I thought I was going to pass out. When it was addressed and happened, it felt like a weight had been put on my shoulder or a weight had been lifted. All I know is that the room started tilting a bit. It was a physical reaction to saying the words "I'm leaving." It was crazy. I didn't have a career. I worked as an editor on "Iron Chef: America" before "SNL." It's the reason people know me.
CNN: That's quite a jump, from "Iron Chef: America" to "SNL."
Hader: It was scary. For four years, I was waiting for them to figure out they made a giant mistake. I still can't really believe it.
CNN: Stefon has certainly entered the hall of fame of "SNL" characters. Was he your favorite?
Hader: He was one of my favorites. Herb Welch, the reporter who was a real ****head, I loved playing him. What I liked about doing Stefon is that you could play it kind of subtle. It was right at the camera.