After the final goodbyes at the end of the 42nd season finale of Saturday Night Live, after the NBC cameras turned off, the cast and guest stars paid one last tribute to departing cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
Moynihan, after nine seasons, will star in his own CBS sitcom this fall.
Bayer departed after the regular seven-year contract. SNL devoted several sketches to both Moynihan and Bayer in Saturday’s season finale. But Zamata, who joined mid-season in 2014, also said goodbye to the show. I’ll have more to say about each of them soon enough. For now, though, enjoy their departures in their own words, as they were carried offstage like champs.
When I was a kid would tape the audio of SNL off the TV and listen to it on the bus. At the 40th I was the Land Shark. I remember watching the Mothers Day Special and seeing Chris Farley and his Mom and saying to my Mom "Maybe one day we will do that?". Two years ago she stood next to Reese Witherspoon and I on home base. 9 years and 193 episodes ago I met Lorne Michaels and some of the most amazingly kind and talented people in the world. Last night, Kenan Thompson, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Pete Davidson carried me off that stage for the last time as a cast member. The fifth longest running cast member of all time. I'm very proud of that and my time there. I am a huge fan of SNL. Always have been. Always will be. Endless thanks to the best and most hard working cast and crew in television. I love them so much it's stupid. So glad I got to share a final episode with friends @vanessabayer and @thesheertruth Thanks to @ucbtny Without you I would not feel like the luckiest boy in the world today. Thanks @nbcsnl I will miss you more than you know. Thank you for all the kind words. I'm gonna live forev…..