Skip to content
Teary Kate McKinnon climbs on a spaceship and bids farewell to ‘Earth’ in the latest episode of ‘SNL’

The final “Saturday Night Live” cold open of the show’s 47th season was a wacky tribute to its years of alien abduction stories and the bold creativity of the cast.

It ended with Kate McKinnon climbing aboard a spaceship à la “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and saying her emotional farewell.

“Earth, I love you. Thank you for letting me stay a while,” she added with tears in her eyes.

The program was McKinnon’s final installment, with popular longtime cast members Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney all signing on at the end of the finale.

The sketch began in a Pentagon meeting room as investigators Bryant – who drew a huge parting applause – and Mikey Day interviewed abducted aliens Cecily Strong, host Natasha Lyonne and McKinnon, reprising the character beloved Colleen Rafferty.

Rafferty, as usual, spilled all the raunchy and brutal details of the “gray” aliens’ intimate encounter with his “hairy squatter” – the “yeasty and my beasty”. It was “chaos”, she recalls.

Bryant and Day revealed that they made a deal to send an Earthling into space – permanently – in exchange for cutting-edge technology.

“I can read the play. It’s me, right? Colleen asks. “Sure. Why not? I always felt like an alien on this planet anyway.

Then that was the last time she would say, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”

Check it out in the video above.

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.