Amy Poehler confirmed to The Associated Press that she’ll be joining the planned “Office” spinoff, paving the way for her eventual exit from “Saturday Night Live” and promoting the comedian to primetime.
Speaking by phone Thursday shortly after her Emmy nomination for outstanding actress in a comedy series on “SNL,” Poehler said she will join NBC’s spinoff of “The Office.” She’s expected to star.
“I can kind of confirm that I will be working in some capacity on that show,” said Poehler. “I don’t really have any other details yet.”
The 36-year-old Poehler has been a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” since 2001 and in recent seasons has served as a co-anchor on “Weekend Update.”
Poehler, whose husband Will Arnett also received an Emmy nomination Thursday (for his guest performance on “30 Rock”), is pregnant and due this October. She plans to be part of the expanded fall schedule for “Saturday Night Live” during the election, but that what happens in the spring isn’t clear.
“It’s been quite a week,” said Poehler of the negotiations. “I’m very excited about all the good stuff that’s coming down the pike.”
A spokesman for NBC said the network had no comment. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC.)