Kate McKinnon Reveals The 2 Moments She Felt ‘Most Connected’ To ‘SNL’ Audiences

Kate McKinnon continues to unpack her departure from “Saturday Night Live.”

The comic, who spent 11 seasons on the present, lately shared two of the moments she felt “most connected” to the “SNL” viewers throughout her time there.

“One was after Hillary [Clinton] had lost, and the cold open was me playing ‘Hallelujah’ on the piano,” McKinnon revealed on Vulture’s “Good One” podcast on Thursday. “I felt that for the people for whom that was a tragic event, I felt very connected and in a very real way.”

“Then I also felt really connected that first time when I did the alien abduction sketch,” she mentioned, of one among her all-time biggest sketches on the present, which included visitor Ryan Gosling and fellow “SNL” stars Aidy Bryant and Cecily Robust.

Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton sings Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” throughout the “Election Week Cold Open” sketch on Nov. 12, 2016.

“It was a completely different experience — people were laughing instead of crying — and yet it was the same recognition of ‘We’re all in this together, guys,’” McKinnon added of the 2015 sketch, known as “Close Encounter,” the place she performs Colleen Rafferty. “We all feel the same way about something.”

The “Ghostbusters” actor reprised the alien abduction skit one final time for her closing present, the place her character bid a tearful farewell to earth ― and the viewers.

“Earth, I love ya. Thanks for letting me stay a while,” she mentioned, getting emotional.

McKinnon instructed Vulture that she’d ruminated on her goodbye sketch “for a long time,” as she needed a “moment of catharsis of trying to encapsulate what the whole thing had meant to me and telling that to the audience.”

“I anticipated it being this moment of absolute release, and it was, in a way,” the comic mentioned. And but, she admitted it wasn’t “the most meaningful moment of the decade in the way that I thought it might be.”

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Ryan Gosling during the "Close Encounter" sketch on Dec. 5, 2015.
Kate McKinnon, Cecily Robust, and Ryan Gosling throughout the “Close Encounter” sketch on Dec. 5, 2015.

McKinnon mentioned essentially the most significant moments she skilled in her time on the sketch sequence have been “like on a Friday night at rehearsal, I decided to stop and look around at the people who I loved so much and just make a memory of it.”

McKinnon lately shared the precise motive for her departure, revealing on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in July that her “body was tired.”

“I thought about it for a very long time, and it was very, very hard,” McKinnon mentioned on the time.

“All I ever wanted to do in my whole life was be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” she added. “So, I did, I loved it, I had the best decade, and then I was just like, my body was tired, and I felt like it was time.”