On July 19, 2012, Hader received his first nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on SNL. " Hader decided to leave SNL after eight seasons, informing cast and crew of his decision in February 2013.
He voiced a gazelle in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.It was the final episode of 2010, and Hader remembered it: "It felt like someone was sitting on my chest. Among the characters Hader played was Stefon, Weekend Update's flamboyant New York City correspondent, whose recommendations consist solely of bizarre nightclubs involving nightmarish characters. He was originally a one-shot character on a season-34 sketch where a screenwriter named David Zolesky (played by Ben Affleck) invites his estranged brother Stefon over to pitch a family-friendly sports drama about a college student who bonds with his grandfather so he can try out for the college football team.He is based on two people SNL writer John Mulaney and Hader met: a wannabe club owner who always invited Mulaney to weird underground clubs and a barista Hader met who looks, speaks, and dresses like Stefon.As a result of the audition, Hader got an agent and manager.Hader was hired as a featured player and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005.