(CNN) – ‘Saturday Night Live’ concluded its 47th season with the departure of two of its most beloved cast members.
On Saturday night’s episode, the NBC variety show said a subtle but emotional goodbye to Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson. The show first bid McKinnon goodbye by opening the show with a recreation of one of the comedian’s most memorable sketches, “Close Encounter.”
Saturday’s frigid Opens brought back McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty – an alien abductee who is going through a tougher experience than her peers.
After McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty explains what happened to her during her alien abduction (no less graphic and suggestive), two government agents, played by Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day, explain that she must now go with the aliens who abducted her .
This led to a very poignant moment for McKinnon, who stood atop the makeshift spaceship and allowed her character and herself to say goodbye.
“Well Earth, I love you, thanks for letting me stay a while,” McKinnon’s character said with her hand on her heart, gazing at the audience.
She then uttered the show’s signature catchphrase, “Live… from New York. It’s Saturday night!” There was thunderous applause for McKinnon.
As for Davidson, he got a final segment on “SNL’s” weekend update.
“I never thought this would be my life,” Davidson said. “Back then I was just a skinny kid with no one knowing what race I was. And now everyone knows I’m white because I found tremendous success barely showing up for work. Look at me now, I’m aging like an old banana.”
Davidson added during the segment that “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels told him in his first audition that he didn’t think Davidson was right for the show, but “let’s screw this up together.”
“And that’s exactly what we did,” Davidson said. “And that’s why people who think I don’t deserve this job shouldn’t hate me because we have so much in common. If anything, I should encourage hope that literally everyone could be on Saturday Night Live.”
Ahead of the show on Saturday, Davidson officially bade farewell via Instagram, writing that he “had so much to share with this audience” and “literally grew up before your eyes.”
“We’ve been through the good times and the bad times together, the happiest times and the darkest times,” Davidson continued. “I owe my life to Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL. I’m so grateful and without her I wouldn’t be here.”
Davidson thanked the show for teaching him “livable values,” saying, “SNL is my home.”
“I’m so happy and sad about tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain,” he wrote.
Bryant was also fired during the weekend update when she starred alongside Bowen Yang as her recurring trend-setter characters. The segment ended with Bryant declaring “10 Beautiful Years” “in” and receiving roses and a kiss on the cheek from Yang and Weekend Update co-host Michael Che.
Variety reported Friday that McKinnon, Davidson, Bryant and Kyle Mooney are all expected to leave the show at the end of this season.
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