Kate McKinnon Says Goodbye to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Final

As a sign that the outgoing ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars might be returning to their biggest hits when they head out the door, this week’s cold opening was a wild goodbye for at least two of them. For Kate McKinnon, that meant her favorite alien abductee Mrs. Rafferty, who shared another hugely inappropriate experience with NSA agents played by Aidy Bryant and Mikey Day.

After showing her experience, McKinnon went into space as Mrs. Rafferty, after one last goodbye. This also clearly counted as a goodbye to McKinnon. “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 opened with Bryant and Day, and a sustained round of applause – clearly aimed at Bryant, who also leaves after this episode.

McKinnon has played Ms. Rafferty in several episodes over the years, mostly poking fun at the guest hosts — like Ryan Gosling in 2015. Here’s Saturday night open:

“Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne was hired to host the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” on May 21, marking her debut as a presenter.

“I have a show called ‘Russian Doll’, the second season of ‘Russian Doll’ just premiered on Netflix,” she said. “And two things you definitely want to be associated with right now are Russia and Netflix! It’s my first time hosting and I’m truly honored to be here. The truth is I feel a cosmic connection with SNL. The people here have chosen my real family. I’ve been coming here since I was a teenager.”

Lyonne was then joined onstage by Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph.

“Freddy and I were in a relationship for seven years. We had the one sex tape that nobody wanted to buy,” she joked.

Lyonne went on to talk about her career path: “My parents get a big idea that I have a future in show business,” she said. “So I’m going to audition. Many casting directors appear to be looking for a ‘Little Orphan Annie’ type who talks like Deedee Ramone”

Then she presented one of her first performances as a child: “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

“I do some TV, my mom and I moved to the Upper East Side. Suddenly I’m in the cinema, oh and all those 90s movies – “American Pie,” “American Pie 2,” “American Pie: The Multiverse of Madness.” The cult favorite ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’. It goes well and then, Knock knock. Who is there? Multiple arrests and drug addiction! Oh yes, I went to hell and back. Life was rough. But just like when Fabio was on that roller coaster and a bird flew into his face – and we have a picture of that – I brushed myself off and got back into the ride.

“But I’m here and I’ll tell you what I found. There is always hope and despair. And there’s always a reason to get back in the ring and fight another day.” Watch Lyonne’s monologue here:

Japanese Breakfast, the indie rock name used by Michelle Zauner, would be the musical guest in the finale.

Prior to the episode, word leaked (as first reported by Variety) that Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney were all expected to leave “SNL” after the Season 47 finale.

On Saturday, Davidson wrote a farewell message via his friend and Instagram writer Dave Sirus of “Saturday Night Live.” “It’s crazy to think I’ll be doing my last today,” he said. “I have been able to share so much with this audience and literally grow up before your eyes. We were together in good times and bad, in the happiest and in the darkest times. I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life.” (Read full text here.)

Lyonne is the co-creator, executive producer, director and star of the comedy-drama series “Russian Doll”, whose second season debuted on Netflix on April 20. In Season 2, Nadia (Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) are transported to different versions of the past, forced to understand their family history.

Lyonne will also star and executive produce “Poker Face,” an upcoming mystery drama created by Rian Johnson for Peacock. This is also Japanese Breakfast’s first time on ‘SNL’. She is currently on a North American tour in support of her album “Jubilee”, which came out last June.

Last week Selena Gomez made her hosting debut. Past presenters of “Saturday Night Live” this season have included Lizzo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jerrod Carmichael, Zoe Kravitz, Oscar Isaac, John Mulaney, Willem Dafoe and Will Forte.

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