Tonight’s SNL season finale saw Weekend Updates anchor Colin Jost and Michael Che say goodbye to longtime cast members Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson.
First past the update counter to repeat her role as trend forecasters alongside Bowen Yang was Bryant, who started her performance with a segment on what’s in and out when it comes to Summer Fruit.
“I: Grapes with seeds,” Yang said.
“In: Tying cherry stalks with the tongue to impress for sex,” Bryant said.
“In: Watermelon Sugar, song,” Yang added. “” And out? “
“Navel orange!” said Yang and Bryant in chorus.
“Navel orange, eh!” jokede Yang. “Why do you have a navel? You are a fruit!”
“What’s next? Honeycomb with cesarean section?” muffled Bryant. “Navel orange, go to bed, bitch!”
After discussing greeting trends and time trends, the forecasts came to a segment about future trends, which led Bryant to hint at her impending SNL departure.
“About: 10 good years,” Bryant said.
“I: A friend I could not have done this without,” Yang said, getting a little emotional.
“And hey !! Look who’s left!” said Bryant.
“It’s navel orange! We love you, girl. “Said Yang.
Che later wondered aloud what was going to be in and out of the future, where Bryant told him, “There’s something new in … My best guys kiss me,” and subsequently was kissed on the cheek by Yang and Che .
The end of the season’s last update was Davidson, who said hello to Jost, Che, “and millions of people just watching to see if I raise Kanye.”
When Jost remarked that Davidson has had “a strange year,” the exciting cast member agreed. “I had just never imagined this would be my life. I mean, look at me when I started here,” he said, bringing a picture from 2014. “Back then, I was just a thin kid, and no one knew. what a race I was. And now everyone knows I’m white because I became hugely successful while barely showing up for work. “
Davidson joked that while blinking until today, he is aging “like an old banana,” while Jost “still looks like the only Kennedy who does not drink.”
After thanking Davidson, Jost asked if he was “officially” leaving.
“Yes man. [Producer] Lorne [Michaels] accidentally gave me a sock so I’m free, ”joked Davidson, referring to Dobby the Elf of Harry Potter fame.
“Has much changed since you started here?” asked Jost.
“A lot has changed. In three years, Fox News went from calling me a monster to making fun of Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch to also make fun of Dan Crenshaw’s eyelid, ”Davidson explained. “Tucker Carlson called him ‘Eyepatch McCain’. It’s two veterans in an insult. Puha, Colin. Your father is a cock!”
After Jost explained that he is not actually related to Carlson, Davidson continued his discussion of Fox News. “In fairness… to what I originally said because it obviously still bothers me what I said… was simply to make a joke about someone’s appearance without realizing that the medical condition behind it was a sensitive topic, which is an SNL- tradition, “he said when a picture of Will Smith beating Chris Rock at the Oscars appeared on screen. “On the one hand, I do not like people thinking they can just run up on stage and hit a comedian. But on the other hand, I know that all my shows are now sold out. ”
Jost then wondered aloud if Davidson would miss anything at SNL.
“Oh yeah. Lorne, for sure. He’s amazing,” Davidson said.
Per Davidson also gives Michaels “the best” advice. “This is all real advice that Lorne has given me. I will never forget this. I called him when I got engaged,” Davidson said. “I said, ‘Lorne, I just got engaged to Ariana Grande after to have dated for two weeks ‘, and he said:’ Oh! Hold on dear life. ‘ That’s true, he said. “
Davidson also recalled that when he auditioned for SNL, Michaels looked him straight in the eye and said, “I do not think you’re right for this show. So let’s screw it up.”
“That was exactly what we did, and therefore people who think I do not deserve this job should not hate me, as we have so much in common. If anything, I should inspire the hope that literally anyone could join Saturday Night Live, ”said Davidson. “Seriously, do you see a guy bumbling cigarettes outside a 7/11 at 2am? It’s not a meth head. It’s the next Pete Davidson.”
When Jost told Davidson he would be missed, Davidson replied, “Oh, thank you, Colin. I know it says on your cue card. You’ve been like an older brother to me, in the way that my mother she loves you more than she loves me. ” He then added that he will always appreciate SNL for having his back and letting him “work on [himself] and grow. “
“Thank you Lorne for never giving up on me or judging me, even when everyone else was,” Davidson concluded, “and because you believed in me and allowed me to have a place I could call home, with memories that will last a lifetime. So thank you guys. “
Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne hosted the evening’s episode, in which Japanese breakfast served as the musical guest. The longtime cast members Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney were also out of the show tonight. Deadline will update this story with video as it comes in.