With the loss of several longtime cast-members and the addition of some fresh faces, it looks as if Saturday Night Live won’t be facing the loss of funnyman Jason Sudeikis. Although Sudeikis has been on the fence as to whether or not he’ll return for the show’s upcoming season, The New York Times’ Media Decoder is quoting SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels as saying that Sudeikis will stick around at least through the rest of the year.

“Jason is in,” said Michaels. “Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January. He’s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me”

This means Sudeikis — and his killer Mitt Romney impression — will remain throughout the current U.S. presidential election cycle, which typically gives SNL its strongest material and its highest ratings.