It’s time to say goodbye to some of your favorite members of the “Saturday Night Live” cast.
There are reports circulating, including from industry, Variety, that Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney will be saying goodbye to the May 21 season finale featuring Natasha Lyonne of “Russian Doll” as presenter.
As if the cast wasn’t enough to keep in mind for “SNL” fans, there’s additional news from Davidson, of a very different kind: Senator Ted Cruz wonders why the cheeky comic manages to come out with so many fans ( including its current one). So Kim Kardashian and in the past, Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale).
“How come this guy has all this, like beautiful women?” the Texas Republican said on his podcast, “Verdict with Ted Cruz.”
But back to the end of “SNL.”
McKinnon, a now veteran who joined the show in 2012, has been a prominent weekly standard with rubber-faced characters like Miss Rafferty, kidnapped by aliens, or Sheila Sauvage, a desperate barfly. It will be a difficult substitute.
The burning issue, however, is whether there will be any special tributes or sketches to honor the cast members who are leaving. Over the years, “SNL” has made a bit of a tradition of creative farewells. And thanks to the replays on YouTube GOOGL,
the farewells are anything but fleeting.
When Will Ferrell left in 2002, his co-stars appeared in a sketch that began with singing his praises. “He’s the most impatient performer I’ve ever seen,” Tina Fey said. But things took a different turn when Tracy Morgan suddenly came in and said how Ferrell stole her Walkman. “I know a lot about Will Ferrell, like the fact that he’s a cold, thief, selfish, evil guy,” Morgan said with an obvious idiot. (At the end of the sketch, Ferrell made an appearance … and confessed to stealing the Walkman.)
When Bill Hader left in 2013, it meant that his nightlife lover Stefon also had to leave. Naturally, “SNL” took the opportunity to have fun with Stefon. In this case, this meant that Stefon almost married Anderson Cooper before his co-star Seth Myers, then in his role as host of the “Weekend Update” segment, intervened strangely. Stefon also reminded viewers of some of his favorite New York City nightclubs, including that place with the “8 Human Magic Ball.”
Perhaps the most emotional farewell to “SNL” was when Kristen Wiig left in 2012. Mick Jagger hosted the show and ended the evening by singing “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday” at Wiig, while classmates they danced with her. When Howard Stern raised it in a 2021 interview, Wiig said he still has “chills” thinking about this scene. “It was one of the best moments of my life,” he said.
So what about tonight’s farewells?
Will Senator Cruz be available to give the best wishes to Davidson, who will now star, co-write and produce a new streaming series “Bupkis” on NBCUniversal’s CMCSA?
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We will have to watch to find out.