On a cold Saturday, it reopened Miss McKinnon Miss Rafferty – a foreign abductor who is going through a more grueling experience than her peers.
After McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty explains what happened to her (in vivid and saucy detail, no less) during her alien abduction, two government agents played by Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day make it clear that she must now go with the aliens who took her.
This led to a very touching moment for McKinnon who stood on the makeshift spaceship and allowed her character and herself to say goodbye.
“Okay Earth, I love you, thanks for letting me stay for a while,” McKinnon’s character said with her hand over her heart as she looked at the audience.
Then the show’s signature phrase said, “Live…from New York. It’s Saturday night!” This was followed by thunderous applause for McKinnon.
As for Davidson, he’s got one last clip from SNL’s weekend update.
“I never imagined this would be my life,” Davidson said. “Back then, I was just a skinny kid no one knew what race I was. Now everyone knows I’m white because I became so successful while I hardly go to work. Look at me now, I’m getting old like an old banana.”
Davidson added during the clip that “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels told him during his first audition that he didn’t think Davidson was a good fit for the show, but “let’s screw this together.”
“And that’s exactly what we did,” Davidson said. “Which is why people who don’t think I deserve this job shouldn’t hate me because we have so much in common. Like, if I have to inspire anything, I hope it’s literally anyone on Saturday Night Live.”
“We’ve been together through good times and bad, and the happiest and darkest of times,” Davidson continued. “I owe my life to Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL. I am so grateful I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Davidson thanked the show for teaching him “life values” and said, “SNL is my home.”
“I am very happy and sad about tonight’s show. For many reasons I can’t explain,” he wrote.
Bryant also got a goodbye during the Weekend Update when she appeared alongside Bowen Yang as recurring trendsetters. The clip ended with Bryant declaring “10 Beautiful Years” as “in” and receiving roses and a kiss on the cheek from Yang and Weekend Update host Michael Che.
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