After seven years, one of the biggest “Saturday Night Live” break-out stars of the aughts is leaving studio 8H. Kristen Wiig was given an emotional send-off on the finale episode of Season 37 of the popular late-night sketch show.
The farewell montage featured host Mick Jagger as the principal of a high school at a graduation ceremony and then he sang to her “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday” while she danced with all the cast members. Wiig was visibly holding back tears.
Lorne Michaels, creator of “SNL” all those many years ago, came out too, then Amy POehler and Rachel Dratcher came out on stage as well. Aww. What a lovely tribute to a great cast member.
NBC had not officially announced Wiig’s departure yet, but it doesn’t come as much surprise. Her contract was up and Wiig has had quite a bit of success outside the show, most notably with her 2011 smash “Bridesmaids.”
Good luck to you, Kristen!