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Saturday’s season finale of Saturday Night Live not only said goodbye to another season, but a beloved cast member. Although it was never formally announced, the final sketch of the night bid farewell to Kristen Wiig, who served as a cast member for seven years.
In a graduation-themed sketch, host Mick Jagger says, “Well another year has come and gone, and I just want to say how proud I am of this graduating class. Many of you are moving on to college, but I’d like to take the time to say goodbye to one particular student who is leaving this summer.”
When he calls Kristen Wiig on stage, she looks to be holding back tears. Jagger adds, “You meant quite a lot to us over the past seven years, she got held back, so our musical department got together and prepared a song to say goodbye.”
According to Access Hollywood, she danced and said goodbye to cast members as well as executive producer Lorne Michaels while they sang The Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday,” which has the line, “still I’m gonna miss you.”
By the end of the songs, the stage was filled with cast members and SNL alum. She blew kisses as the credits rolled.
Wiig’s seven years on the show introduced memorable characters including Penelope, The Target Lady, and she has given spot-on impressions of famous faces. This season alone she played Lana Del Rey and Tanning Mom.
Wiig’s star has been on the rise recently. She starred in and co-wrote the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and has six more films in the works. Wiig wasn’t the only comedian who was thought to be leaving SNL. Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis were also rumored to be making an exit, though no announcement has been made. According to The Huffington Post, though, Samberg seemed to have said his own goodbye last night during his Digital Short “Lazy Sunday 2.”