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'SNL' wraps up its most successful season in 23 years but said goodbye to two veterans


The late-night comedy show wrapped up its biggest season in 23 years, but it's also the end for two veteran comedians after Saturday night's 42nd season finale: Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan.

The season finale of SNL opens with Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump performing  Hallelujah.

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Saturday Night Live did the same cold open this season with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton on November 12th.

The monologue had  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson talking about running for President in 2020.

Vanessa Bayer had some memorable moments, such as getting soaked by a dinosaur.

Moynihan's "Drunk Uncle" came back one last time on Weekend Update.

Moynihan's announcement surfaced two days ago, but was expected considering he just snagged a role on CBS' "Me, Myself & I" for the 2017-2018 season. Nine seasons of impersonating a variety of notable characters, including Drunk Uncle and secondhand reporter Anthony Crispino, left Moynihan with quite the legacy, placing him among the longest-running cast members in the show's history, Variety reported.

The emotional tributes are already in full swing.

But, Bayer announced her departure hours before the 42nd season finale aired. 

“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories,” she posted on Instagram. “It has been a dream come true.”

Similar to Moynihan, Bayer boasts an impressive resume. After seven seasons, the comedian has earned the title of longest-serving female cast member.

Throughout the years, Bayer has tackled a variety of celebrity impressions, including Miley Cyrus, Rachel from 'Friends," and Jacob the bar mitzvah boy on “Weekend Update."

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