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'SNL' Recap: Seth Meyers Signs Off for Good (Video)

Melissa McCarthy hosted the episode, which featured surprise guests and tearful goodbyes.

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From left; Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg and Cecily Strong

Seth Meyers said goodnight for good on this week's Saturday Night Live, and he had some surprise help doing it.

Meyers was joined at the Weekend Update desk by SNL alums Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and (just briefly) Fred Armisen.

"We are so proud of you. You've been the heart of this show for over a decade," said Poehler.

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Added Stefon, whom Meyers married in Hader's SNL farewell last year: "You're like the Sting of SNL -- because it takes you 12 years to finish."

Myers choked back tears as he gave his signoff, thanking the crew and executive producer Lorne Michaels.

"I just want to say being out here with my co-anchors and my dear friend and my husband is the perfect way to end," Meyers said. "This is the job I've always wanted. I've had the best time and I've met the best people."

Though Meyers' stole the show, host Melissa McCarthy was still the host of the episode. Like last time, McCarthy spent a good portion of the night playing crass women. She reprised her role as Sheila Kelly, a woman with a major temper who was coaching basketball when we last saw her. This year found her working as an abusive congresswoman in a nod to Staten Island's Rep. Michael Grimm, who made headlines this week for threatening a reporter after the State of the Union Address.

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In her opening monologue, she dueled with Bobby Moynihan after he showed footage of her insulting him at the end of her previous SNL episode.

"Suck it, Moynihan. I'm out of here," she said in the video, shoving him aside. "I got my check and I'm going home."

Later, she played the member of a ladies' group where most of the members aspired to cook more or learn how to use a Kindle. McCarthy's goal was get vengeance for the death of her father.She was also the world's worst game show contestant -- and the uncouth, rib-eating object of Moynihan's affection in another sketch.

The recently more diverse SNL took on Black History month, with Kenan Thompon, Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata in character, giving a high school class a rap presentation. Pharoah said February had 28 reasons to "hug a black guy."  No. 1? "We deserve a chance." That sounds nice, but reasons 2 through 28 were less innocuous: "Slavery."

SNL is off for a month and will return March 1.

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