Kristen Wiig’s “Saturday Night Live” journey has finally come to an end. On May 19, the 38-year-old star bid farewell to the comedy show and host Mick Jagger paid her a tribute in her final act of the program.
“Many of you are moving onto college, but I’d like to take a moment to say goodbye to one particular student who is leaving this summer . . .to become a nun,” Jagger joked.
The Rolling Stones frontman then added: “You’ve meant quite a lot to us over the last seven years — she got held back! — so our music department got together and prepared a song to say goodbye.”
An emotional Wiig, who has been associated with “Saturday Night Live” since 2005, was then surrounded by her fellow castmates such as Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Kenan Thompson, as they celebrated the “Bridesmaids” actress’ last night with them.
The show’s mastermind Lorne Michaels partnered Wiig in her final dance act, during which she seemed clearly overwhelmed with feelings. She then clapped and sang along with everyone when “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday” started playing, after which former “SNL” members Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Chris Kattan also showed up to make her send-off even more memorable.
The reports of her expected departure from the show had first appeared last month, when an unknown NBC official told US Weekly: “It will be a huge blow to the show. Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it’s no surprise.”
Wiig now plans on moving into movie direction and also wants to dedicate some time to her painting hobby.