Although the show did not officially acknowledge the release of the four cast members, some openly said goodbye while others featured in sketches with leaving themes during Saturday’s finale, hosted by actress Natasha Lyonne and featuring the group Japanese Breakfast. NBCUniversal could not immediately be reached for comment early Sunday.
In the cold open, McKinnon played one of his many recurring characters, abducted alien Colleen Rafferty, who shared extremely descriptive details of her experience with Pentagon intelligence officials.
Near the end of the skit, Colleen volunteered to leave Earth with a group of aliens as part of a deal with the government to secure alien technology.
“Well, Earth. I like You. Thank you for letting me stay a while,” an emotional McKinnon said as he walked through a doorway designed to look 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 openly about his departure and his affection for the show.
After “Update” co-host Colin Jost asked her, “Are you officially leaving?” Davidson, 28, replied: “Yeah man, Lorne accidentally gave me a sock so I’m free” – a reference to the character Dobby in “Harry Potter”, an elf who is freed by his wizarding masters when he is unexpectedly handed a sock.
Lorne Michaels still lives for Saturday night
“I appreciate that SNL is always supporting me and allowing me to work on myself and grow,” an emotional Davidson said.
Davidson, who in 2017 shared that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, thanked Michaels “for never giving up on me or judging me even when everyone else was, and for believing in me and 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 Sirus, Davidson said he was “so happy” to have shared his latest sketch with the public.
“I figured since I’m a stand up I’m just going to try out my stand up and personal tracks on Weekend Update like myself and I’m so glad I did,” read the Instagram post, which was signed by Davidson, who is not on the social media platform. “I have to share so much with this audience and literally grow in front of your eyes.”
The post featured a video of Davidson from eight years ago in which the comedian said he “just got back from doing my very first update and sketch.”
“It’s crazy to think that today I will do my last,” he added.
Bryant also appeared on “Weekend Update,” reprising his role as trend forecaster with fellow cast member Bowen Yang and “Update” co-anchor Michael Che.
In the section of the skit in which the comedians predict what will happen or come out in the future, Bryant, who has been on the show for a decade, says, “In: 10 great years.”
Yang said, “In: a friend without whom I couldn’t have done this.”
Deadline and Variety reported Friday that Mooney is also leaving the show.
In Saturday’s finale, he played a worried stockholder in a remake of the 1981 skit “9:15 to 5:10” – which ended with Mooney and former SNL cast member Fred Armisen jumping out of a window. a high-rise building.