Last night’s Saturday Night Live apparently marked Kristen Wiig‘s final episode as a regular cast member, and with a little help from host Mick Jagger, the comedian got an emotional, musical send-off from her fellow cast members and SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
The last skit of the episode showed the Rolling Stones frontman speaking at a high school graduation, where he calls up Wiig for a special farewell, congratulating her after “7 years.” As the Stones tune “She’s A Rainbow” begins to play, Wiig takes off her cap and gown, and her cast members one-by-one take the stage to dance with her. With the help of one of the musical guests, Arcade Fire, the cast and guests all sing “Ruby Tuesday,” with Wiig teary-eyed as people like former cast member Amy Poehler and her Bridesmaids co-star Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm came on stage.
You can watch the farewell here below.
It was a star-studded send-off and end to the season before the summer break, with not only Jagger performing with Arcade Fire, but he also took the stage with the Foo Fighters and Jeff Beck. Frequent host actor Steve Martin did a guest spot in one of the sketches, and at the end, other former cast members were there for the farewell, like Chris Kattan and Rachel Dratch.
It had been rumored that Wiig, who’s seen great success on the big screen with last year’s Bridesmaids, would leave SNL after this season, so this farewell wasn’t a big surprise. It was, though, one of the most impressive send-offs I’ve ever seen a cast member get. Wiig was emotional as each cast member, as well as Lorne Michaels, came up to dance and hug her, but for some people it appeared she became overwhelmed, like with Bill Hader. And it was all to the sounds of some classic Stones songs – amazing.