After Meyers delivered what would be his final WU joke, recently installed coanchor Cecily Strong got the send-off going, sharing her appreciation for having the opportunity to work alongside him on the mid-show segment.
Strong then cued up the first two visitors — onetime WU anchor Amy Poehler and sometime visitor Stefon (played by Bill Hader). Having previously stopped off at some of Stefon’s favorite clubs (including “Kevin…?”), Poehler told her former SNL colleague, “We’re here to take you to the other side.” Turning (briefly) serious, she then noted, “You have been the heart of this show for over a decade.”
Strong then tried to join in on the gushfest, only to have Stefon hiss back at her, “You barely know him!”
Poehler and Stefon promised Meyers that a “cool world” exists outside of SNL, one full of “opportunities, new adventures” … “homeless weight lifters who look like the Croods… and human DVRs. You know, that thing where a midget sits on your TV and tells you what happened on Scandal.”
Andy Samberg then entered the scene to launch into a few bars of Boyz 2 II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.”
Meyers got emotional as he wrapped things up, saying, “Being out here with my coanchors, my dear friend and my ‘husband’ has been the perfect way to end… This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time….” Poehler’s voice also cracked some, as she ended Update with her usual sign-off.
As one final call-back to Meyers’ Weekend Update run, former SNLer Fred Armisen crossed in front of the camera amidst the revelry, as former New York Gov. David Paterson.
What did you think of Seth’s SNL send-off? Anyone else you would have liked to have seen?