Kate McKinnon cries in her latest cold open sketch

Your swan song! After that became known Kate McKinnon would depart Saturday night live After 10 years, her last cold open sketch brought a lot of nostalgia and emotion.

The Saturday May 21 episode that also aired season 47 Peter Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney – started with that King of the Tigers Star, 38, is reprising her fan-favorite character of Miss Rafferty. Rafferty was an alien abductee with admittedly difficult experiences compared to those of her peers.

In Saturday’s opening sketch, McKinnon’s character (alongside the episode’s host Natasha Lyonne and Cecile Strong) were questioned by two government agents at the Pentagon – played by the Shrill alum, 38, and Mikey Day – about their experiences. After vividly describing their albeit raunchy third alien encounter, Bryant and Day reveal that one of the abductees must return to the alien spacecraft “forever” in order to gain vital information about their technologies. McKinnon’s Rafferty volunteered as a tribute to the gig.

Kate McKinnon bids a tearful goodbye to alien abduction character

Kate McKinnon as Ms. Rafferty, Natasha Lyonne and Cecily Strong during the Final Encounter Cold Open on Saturday May 21, 2022 Will Heath/NBC

“I can read the room – it’s me, right?” that hard night Stern quipped on Saturday. “Sure why not. I kind of felt like an alien on this planet.”

McKinnon, walking toward the “spaceship,” turned to admire it SNL audience once more and put her hand on her heart. She added, breaking down in tears: “Well Earth I love you, thank you for letting me stay a while. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

The New York native, who joined the NBC variety series in 2012, is known on the show for creepy celebrity impressions and one-of-a-kind characters, including Rafferty. Ellen DeGeneres and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kate McKinnon bids a tearful goodbye to alien abduction character

Kate McKinnon as Ms. Rafferty during the Final Encounter Cold Open on Saturday May 21, 2022. Will Heath/NBC

“Of all the seasons I’ve worked on Saturday night live, [season 46] was maybe my favorite because it helped me feel less alone,” she said diversity last year of mid-pandemic season. “I felt a sense of connection with the audience in the studio and the audience at home. [Being able to] Sharing in the ridiculousness and pain of what we all went through made my year bearable. If I hadn’t been able to communicate with people through a TV screen this year, I would have been in really bad shape.”

After 10 years on the show, McKinnon was absent early in season 47 amid other work commitments, which soon led to exit speculation.

“People can kind of come and go,” reveals alum Ana Gasteyer only told Us weekly in November 2021 and found at the time that neither she nor Rachel Dratch knew if the rumors were true. “And so I see no reason why someone like Kate should go unless she had something else she wanted to do, because if you can kind of get in and out of it, that’s the ideal reality.”

Saturday night live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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