Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

This is no joke: Saturday Night Live comedian Will Forte is leaving the show, his rep confirms to

"After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from SNL to pursue new opportunities," his rep tells Us. "He is eternally grateful to Lorne [Michaels] and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years."

PHOTOS: Today's top news pics

The funnyman, 40, clearly hasn't burned any bridges with his former co-stars: Forte will make a special guest appearance on Amy Poehler's Parks & Recreation later this fall.