Early last month we started to hear rumors that Saturday Night Live castmembers Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg will be leaving the show at the end of this season … during last night’s season finale of SNL, we got confirmation that Kristen is really leaving the show. During the last skit of the night, SNL host Mick Jagger hosted a graduation ceremony and singled out Wiig for a special goodbye. Nice things were said about her, a song was played in her honor and as she danced with various castmembers, Kristen seemed hold back tears as she took her final bow as an SNL castmember. It was really cute and sad to see. Check out the video below for one final SNL goodbye to Kristen Wiig.
Kristen Wiig got a musical sendoff on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” as the popular and versatile cast member made her exit after seven years. In the show’s final sketch, guest host Mick Jagger played the principal at a high school graduation and brought up Wiig, in cap and gown, as “one particular student who is leaving this summer.” She danced in turn with Jagger, cast members and executive producer Lorne Michaels to the tune of the Rolling Stones classic “She’s a Rainbow.” Then the ensemble sang another Stones hit, “Ruby Tuesday,” with its line, “still I’m gonna miss you.” Wiig appeared to be holding back tears. Though NBC had made no prior announcement of her departure, it comes as no surprise. She starred in and co-wrote the hit comedy “Bridesmaids,” and even before that had notable roles in “Friends With Kids,” ”Paul,” ”Adventureland” and “Knocked Up,” among other films. She has six more in various stages of development. Wiig’s almost limitless range of characters on “SNL” has included neurotic attention-seeker Penelope; Kat, half of the musical duo Garth and Kat (alongside Fred Armisen); and such real-life notables as Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis have also been reported to be leaving “SNL,” though Michaels recently said any decision on cast changes will wait until the summer.
Yeah, I totally knew that Kristen was leaving SNL at the end of this season … and I’m so glad that they chose to send her off in grand style. I’m sure she was honored to be lauded by Mick Jagger of all people … she really looked thrilled, humbled and a bit overwhelmed by all the love last night. I have no doubt that she will do just fine in her film career away from SNL. I foresee big things for Kristen Wiig and I wish her all the best in the world. My guess is that we will hear, more quietly, about Sudeikis and Samberg‘s exits from the show later in the Summer. Sad.