While the show has not officially approved the exit Among the four cast members, some publicly said goodbye while others appeared in skits with departure themes During the Saturday finale, hosted by actress Natasha Lyonne, and featuring the Japanese Breakfast Troupe. NBC Universal could not be reached for comment early Sunday morning.
In the open, McKinnon played one of her recurring characters, alien hijacker Colin Rafferty, who shared descriptive details of her experience with Pentagon intelligence officials.
Near the end of the sitcom, Colin volunteers to leave Earth with a group of aliens as part of a deal with the government to secure extraterrestrial technology.
“Okay, Earth. I love you.” McKinnon said emotionally as he stepped through a door that looked like the entrance to a spaceship.
“Live from New York, it’s Saturday night,” she added.
Davidson, playing himself, appeared on the “Weekend Update” segment and spoke candidly about his departure and his affection for the show.
After “Update” host Colin Jost asked him, “Are you officially leaving?” “Yes, man,” replied Davidson, 28, “Lorn accidentally gave me a sock, so I’m free” — referring to the character Dobby in “Harry Potter,” a dwarf freed by his wizarding masters when unexpectedly shocked.
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“I appreciate SNL always supporting my back and allowing me to work on myself and grow,” said emotional Davidson.
Davidson, who shared in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Michaels thanked “for never abandoning me or judging me even when everyone else was, for believing in me and for allowing me to have a place I can call home with memories that will last a lifetime.”
In an Instagram post shared by “Saturday Night Live” writer Dave Cyrus, Davidson said he was “extremely happy” to share his latest sketch with the public.
He is not on social media platforms, said the Instagram post, signed by Davidson. “I’ve shared so much with this audience and it’s literally bigger before your very eyes.”
The post featured a video of Davidson eight years ago in which the comedian said he “just got back from doing my first update and sketch.”
“It’s crazy to think I’m going to do the last job today,” he added.
Bryant also appeared on “Weekend Update”, where she reprized her as “Trend Forecaster” with co-star Bowen Yang and “Update” presenter Michael Che.
In the sitcom section where comedians predict what will happen or come out in the future, Bryant, who has been on the show for a decade, says, “In: 10 beautiful years.”
Yang says, “In: A friend I wouldn’t have done this without.”
Deadline and Variety reported on Friday that Mooney was also leaving the show.
During Saturday’s finale, he played an interested contributor to a remake of the 1981 sitcom “9:15 to 5:10” — which ended with Mooney and former SNL cast member Fred Armisen jumping out of a tall building window.