For once, Saturday Night Live
didn't go for laughs, instead ending its season with tears and hugs Saturday night.
In a surprise – and surprisingly emotional – send-off, cast members appeared to bid goodbye to key player Kristen Wiig. The Bridesmaids
star's departure has long been rumored, but has yet to be confirmed by NBC.
Still, the farewell sentiment seemed clear: After host Mick Jagger introduced a class of "graduates," Wiig took the stage. Then one by one, her SNL
costars joined her, each for a brief dance while musical guest Arcade Fire serenaded her with "She's a Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday."
Last to take a tearful Wiig for a spin: her boss, SNL
producer Lorne Michaels.
Pals Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm
also joined the final chorus, along with the SNL
Wiig isn't the only one rumored to be leaving Studio 8H: Speculation has circulated that Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg will also be moving on.
NBC has not commented on any possible departures. But in last night's sequel to Samberg's earlier viral hit "Lazy Sunday," the song concluded: "On these New York streets I hone my fake rap penmanship / That's how it began, and that's how I'm-a finish it."