KEY POINTS

  • Hillary Clinton shared throwback photos with Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon Sunday
  • The former first lady congratulated them on their "incredible runs" on "SNL" and said she "can't wait" for their future projects
  • Davidson, McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney all bid farewell to "SNL" during Saturday's episode

Hillary Clinton is honoring Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon after the two comedians announced their departures from "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend.

Saturday's episode of the NBC comedy sketch show marked the final one for Davidson, 28, and McKinnon, 38. A day after the episode aired, the former secretary of state paid tribute to the two comedians Sunday by sharing on Instagram throwback photos of herself with the two of them.

"Congratulations to these two on incredible runs on 'SNL.' Can't wait to see all you do next," she wrote in the caption.

One of the snaps showed McKinnon in costume as Clinton during the 2016 presidential election posing alongside the 74-year-old former first lady. The other featured Davidson with his hand on Clinton's shoulder as the two posed for the camera.

In the comments section of the post, a number of Instagram users said they are going to miss Davidson and McKinnon and can't imagine the show without them.

"Kate and Pete will be so missed!" one person commented, as another added: "Two true winners... Can't imagine 'SNL' without them."

"Amazing performers! Loved watching them in action!!" a third user commented.

"Fantastic pictures! Kate will be missed. The skit you did with her will always be one of the best skits," another wrote.

News broke Friday that Davidson was departing the show after eight seasons. Shortly after, it was announced McKinnon was also making her exit, along with Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney.

In their final episode Saturday, McKinnon first appeared during the episode's cold open, in the fan-favorite "Close Encounter" sketch, where she reprised her role of Miss Rafferty, a woman abducted by aliens, one last time.

She bid farewell as both her character and herself as a star on "SNL" after being told to go with the extraterrestrials "permanently" and entering an alien spacecraft, People reported.

"Well, Earth, I love you. Thanks for letting me stay awhile," McKinnon said, getting emotional.

She then placed her hand on her chest and ended the sketch with the show's signature catchphrase, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" as the audience erupted with cheers.

Meanwhile, Davidson said his goodbyes on the episode's "Weekend Update" segment.

"Back then, I was just a skinny kid and no one knew what race I was. Now, everyone knows I'm white because I became hugely successful while barely showing up to work," he joked, CNN reported. "Look at me now, I'm aging like an old banana."

Hours before the "SNL" Season 47 finale aired, Davidson confirmed his departure from the show via an Instagram post shared by his pal, "SNL" writer Dave Sirus, Saturday. The post featured a clip of Jerrod Carmichael hugging Davidson after the latter made his debut on the show in 2014.

In his message, Davidson thanked producer Lorne Michaels and all his colleagues at "SNL" for supporting him and "sticking up for me even when that wasn't the popular opinion."

"'SNL' is my home. I’m so happy and sad about tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain. Can’t wait to be back next year in a [John] Mulaney musical number," he wrote.

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