Kate McKinnon Explains ‘Saturday Night Live’ Exit, Says Leaving Was “Very, Very Hard”

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Kate McKinnon says she thought about leaving Saturday Night Live “for a very long time” before finally arriving at the decision to end her 11-season stint.

“I thought about it for a very long time, and it was very, very hard,” McKinnon said on today’s episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan. “All I ever wanted to do in my whole life was be on Saturday Night Live, 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.”

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McKinnon’s final episode in May included her recurring sketch character Colleen Rafferty, a frequent UFO abductee, taking off in an alien spaceship. “I always kind of felt like an alien on this planet anyway,” McKinnon-as-Colleen said by way of goodbye.

Asked today whether she’ll be watching SNL this coming season, McKinnon expressed doubt. “I don’t know what I will do,” she said. “I don’t know if I can watch the show yet. It’s just too emo because I miss everyone so much. I mean, it’s my family for sure – my other family. I think I’m just going to tape The Bachelorette and watch that instead.”

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