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Chris Kattan is leaving ''SNL.'' The seven-season vet wants to pursue his film career

You can't have-a da Mango. Not anymore. Chris Kattan tells Variety he's leaving ''Saturday Night Live'' after next weekend's season finale, which means no more of unfathomably attractive exotic dancer Mango, ''Goth Talk'' host Azrael Abyss, Gay Hitler, or apple-devouring Mr. Peepers.

''All great things must come to an end, and this seemed like a great time to leave,'' Kattan said. ''You can't do seven seasons of college, and you always want to leave when you're still loving the show and not bitter.'' Besides, on ''SNL,'' he's done it all: ''I got to spit apple in Tom Hanks' face and swatted J.Lo's butt. It's time to move on.''

Kattan plans to focus on his film career, which has included ''Corky Romano'' and ''Undercover Brother.'' In development is ''The Eighth Wonder,'' which he cowrote, in which he'd play a man who can endure extreme pain.

''SNL'' may also be saying goodbye to dimwitted animal-show host Brian Fellows -- that is, to Tracy Morgan, who may be ready for primetime, as NBC is reportedly likely to pick up his sitcom pilot about a Ralph Kramden-like mechanic. That will leave Darrell Hammond as the only remaining cast member from the mid-'90s class that produced such stars as Kattan, Morgan, Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer.

Originally posted May 08, 2003