"You've meant quite a lot to us over the last seven years -- she got held back! -- so our music department got together and prepared a song to say goodbye."
With that, cast members including Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Kenan Thompson sang and danced around a teary-eyed Wiig. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, 67, appeared as Wiig's final dance partner, and the funnywoman could barely contain her emotions.
As "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday" played, Wiig clapped and sang along. Former cast members Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Chris Kattan joined in to send Wiig off in style.
As Us Weekly exclusively reported in April, Bridesmaids star Wiig had been planning to leave the NBC show at season's end. "It will be a huge blow to the show," an insider explained. "Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it's no surprise."