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Kate McKinnon fights back tears in emotional SNL send-off


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Ahead of the 47th season finale of Saturday Night Live, news has leaked that the show will lose some of its biggest stars, including Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney. But SNLThe biggest loss of has to be the incomparable Kate McKinnon, as evidenced by the fact that the show more or less emptied itself for her to cook in her last cold open.

Kate McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty, who has been abducted by aliens countless times over the past eight seasons, appeared alongside Cecily Strong and host Natasha Lyonne to once again share her unsettling and unique experience.

The sketch went more or less to plan, with Rafferty sharing increasingly personal details of his time in the UFO, including how the aliens began furiously plucking their pubic hair – “climbing on top of each other like my Bush is the last lifeboat on the Titanic” – while the other on-screen actors struggled to stay together.

But in the end, things got emotional when McKinnon’s character got the chance to take a final, permanent trip to space.

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“Sure why not?” she says. “I always felt like an alien on this planet anyway.”

Then, as she approached the spacecraft to wild applause from the audience, she turned to the camera and said, “Well, Earth, I love you. Thanks for letting me stay a while. And for the last time as a cast member, added, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

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