As season finales go, Saturday Night Live’s was full of surprises and, well, farewells, as eight-season cast member Bill Hader—known and beloved for his character, “Weekend Update” city correspondent Stefon—bids goodbye to the show to get married.
Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck, SNL’s final salvo for the season paid homage to Hader in true SNL style. Through a surprising wedding sequence, “Stefon” bids Seth Meyers goodbye, citing his wedding as the reason. Meyers gets some advice from former co-anchor Amy Poehler and comes to terms with his love for Stefon and chases him, wedding crashers fashion.
Hader wasn’t alone in bidding the show goodbye, though, as last week, cast members Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis also were reported to be leaving. In the season finale episode, the last sketch, “Top of the Pops,” featured Hader, Armisen, Sudeikis, and Taran Killam playing a British rock band on the final night of a tour. Armisen said, “It’s the last night here.” And Hader replied, “But we’re going to keep playing together.”
To cap the night off, host Affleck joined SNL’s “Five Timers Club,” congratulated by his wife, Jennifer Garner, who also joined him for a monologue clearing up some of their marital issues.