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Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, And Aidy Bryant Have Left ‘SNL’ And Why Am I Getting So Emotional

"Hello Colin, and Che, and millions of people only watching to see if I bring up Kanye."

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A mass exodus is underway at Saturday Night Live, with Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney all leaving the cast on Saturday.

McKinnon and Bryant have become stalwarts of the long-running variety sketch show, with each joining the SNL cast back in 2012. Meanwhile, Pete Davidson, who joined the cast as a 20-year-old eight years ago, has probably become more notorious for his love life than anything else, having high-profile relationships with Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, and you know, Kim Kardashian.

Making an appearance on Weekend Update with Colin Jost, Davidson opened with a quick reference to Kanye West (“Hello Colin, and Che, and millions of people only watching to see if I bring up Kanye”) before waxing lyrically about SNL‘s creator and long-time producer Lorne Michaels.

“He really always gives me the best advice,” Davidson said. “This is all true. I’ll never forget. I called him when I got engaged. I was like, ‘Lorne, I just got engaged to Ariana Grande after dating her for two weeks.’ He goes, ‘Oh, well, hold on for dear life.’ It’s a true story.” We don’t doubt it, Pete Davidson! Mainly because it’s too boring to make up.

The show also opened with an instalment of the popular sketch ‘Close Encounter’, which saw Kate McKinnon reprise her role as Colleen Rafferty — a suburban American woman who finds herself abducted by aliens and interrogated by government officials — for the last time.

The scene ends with someone from the Pentagon informing three humans who had experienced alien abductions (including Cecily Strong and host Natasha Lyonne) that the outsiders “have offered the US government access to some of their technology if one of you agrees to go with them permanently.”

“Well, I can read the room. It’s me, right?” McKinnon as Rafferty said. “Sure, and why not. I always kind of felt like an alien on this planet anyway.”

As she boards the spaceship, McKinnon turned to the audience to say, “Well, Earth. I love you, thanks for letting me stay awhile,” she said. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live.”

Rafferty is one of McKinnon’s most popular and iconic SNL characters, but she’s perhaps best known to Australians (who tend to see sketches rather than full episodes) for her impersonations of politicians including Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions, KellyAnne Conway, Elizabeth Warren, and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Watch Kate McKinnon’s final ‘Close Encounter’ sketch below.