It was a nicely done send-off, as Guest Host Mick Jagger played a principal at a high school graduation. He brought up Kristen Wiig, wearing a cap and gown, as "one particular student who is leaving this summer."
Wiig danced with Jagger, fellow cast members and executive producer Lorne Michaels to the tune of the Rolling Stones classic sont "She's a Rainbow." Then the music turned to another Stones hit, "Ruby Tuesday," with its line, "still I'm gonna miss you." Among others on-stage in a surprise were Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratcher, both former SNL cast members who appeared during Wiig's stint.
It's well past time for Kristen Wiig. She has already hit it big on the big-screen with the movie "Bridesmaids." Not only did Wiig star in the movie, she co-wrote it with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo for Universal Pictures. It was released on May 13, 2011.
"Bridesmaids" became both a critical and box office success, grossing over $280 million worldwide. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the film received two nominations, one for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, with Wiig herself nominated for Best Actress-Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. The film also received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for which Wiig and Mumolo were nominated, as well as for Best Supporting Actress for co-star Melissa McCarthy.
NBC had not officially announced Wiig's departure yet, but the success of "Bridesmaids" and the work that Wiig has lined up for herself on the big screen pretty much made it an assumption that she would be leaving.
In fact, coming up for Wiig on the big screen are the following:
Later this year, Imogene. Wiig once again wrote the screenplay, and according to IMDB, Wiig plays a playwright who attempts suicide to win back her ex, only to find herself under the guardianship of her gambling-addicted mother.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Wiig co-stars Ben Stiller in a contemporary remake of the Danny Kaye movie. Stiller plays a timid photo manager (Mitty) whose life is turned upside down when a critical photo negative goes missing.
Despicable Me 2 (animated, 2013). In this sequel to the hit Steve Carell animated film, Kristen Wiig again provides the voice of Miss Hattie as we get to see the continuing misadventures of the evil Gru.
Freezing People Is Easy (2013). Wiig co-stars with Paul Rudd. This is a comedy about a man's experiments in cryogenics back in the 1960s.
The Comedian (2013). Wiig will co-star with Robert DeNiro. DeNiro plays an insult comic; IMDB only describes it as "a look at the life of an aging, insult comic."
In 2014, another animated film comes Wiig's way, with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Wiig reprises her voice role as Ruffnut.
Watch her farewell on SNL below.
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