Kate McKinnon bids farewell in Saturday Night Live finale Cold Open

In a sign that the departing “Saturday Night Live” stars might be returning to their biggest hits as they head out the door. For Kate McKinnon, that includes her fan-loved alien-abducted Ms. Rafferty, who once again shared a totally inappropriate experience with NSA officers played by Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day.

After McKinnon presented her experience, McKinnon made her way to space as Ms. Rafferty after saying one last goodbye. Absolutely, that was a goodbye to McKinnon too. “I felt like an alien on this planet anyway,” the character said. “Well Earth, I love you, thank you for letting me stay a while. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!

The clip began with Bryant and Day and a sustained round of applause — clearly directed at Bryant, who also departs after this episode.

McKinnon has played Ms. Rafferty in several episodes over the years, usually making the guest presenters laugh – like Ryan Gosling did in 2015.

Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne has been selected to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 21, marking her debut as a host. Lyonne was joined on stage by Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph.

“Freddy and I were together for seven years. We had the only sex tape nobody wanted to buy,” she quipped.

Japanese Breakfast, the indie rock moniker Michelle Zauner uses, was scheduled to serve as a musical guest in the finale.

Prior to the episode, it was revealed (as first reported by Variety) that Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney were all scheduled to leave “SNL” after this season 47 finale.

On Saturday, Davidson wrote a goodbye message via Instagram to pal and Saturday Night Live writer Dave Sirus. “It’s crazy to think that today I’m going to do my last,” he said. “I have so much to share with this audience and literally grow up before your eyes. We’ve been through the good times and the bad, the happiest times and the darkest together. I owe my life to Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL.” (Read the full text here.)

Lyonne is the co-creator, executive producer, director and star of the comedy-drama series Russian Doll, which premiered its second season on April 20 on Netflix. In Season 2, Nadia (Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) are transported into different versions of the past in the process, forced to understand their family histories.

Lyonne will also star and executive produce Poker Face, an upcoming mystery drama created by Rian Johnson for Peacock. This is also the first time Japanese Breakfast has appeared on SNL. She is currently on a North American tour in support of her album Jubilee, which was released last June.

Selena Gomez made her debut as a presenter last week. Previous “Saturday Night Live” hosts this season have included Lizzo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jerrod Carmichael, Zoe Kravitz, Oscar Isaac, John Mulaney, Willem Dafoe and Will Forte.

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Charles Jones

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