Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson Departing From ‘SNL”

NEW YORK — Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson are among those departing from “Saturday Night Live,” leaving the sketch institution without arguably its two most famous names after Saturday’s 47th season finale.

Following the Natasha Lyonne’s episode featuring Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Kyle Mooney will both be leaving the cast.

This is one of many cast moves that have occurred in the last few years for a show with unusual consistency in recent seasons.

McKinnon was 38 years old and won two Emmys. She also received nine nominations for her 10 season run on the series, in which she did impressions of Hillary Clinton and Jeff Sessions. She was known for her comedy skills, including characters such as Miss Rafferty the alien abductee. This often drove castmates to laugh and invited hosts to have a meltdown live.

McKinnon opened the show with an out-of-this-world skit, and said her final goodbyes on “Earth.”

“I love ya, thanks for letting me stay awhile. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night,” she said to open the show.

The 28 year-old Davidson was cast as a member of the cast in 2014, and has since appeared in eight seasons. His outsized personality was often more prominent than the characters he played. His comic commentaries as himself on “Weekend Update” were often his most viral bits. And he was as well-known for his life offscreen — dating Ariana Grande and current girlfriend Kim Kardashian — as on.

“I never imagined this would be my life,” Davidson said during the show. “I appreciate SNL for always having my back, for allowing me to work on myself and grow. Lorne was there for me, never giving up or judging. She believed in me and allowed me to make memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you.”

Bryant, now 35 years old, was cast as McKinnon at the same moment and she has been a consistent sketch performer ever since. She’s received four Emmy nominations.

Mooney (37), appeared in 9 seasons that began in 2013.

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