“Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back,” she writes to Michaels. “You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart too! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you.”
News broke last week that Jones would not return to NBC’s long-running late-night sketch comedy show when it returns for Season 45 on Sept. 28 (Woody Harrelson hosting, with musical guest Billie Eilish), bringing her five-season run to a close.
After thanking and praising her fellow SNLers (see the five-part tweet below), Jones told her fans, “I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon!” She ended her comments with a hashtag “#iamnotdeadjustgraduating.” Jones has a Netflix comedy special in the works, and will host an updated version of the old game show Supermarket Sweep.
As for her SNL cast mates, Jones singled out Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Colin Jost for special mentions.
“To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you,” she tweeted. “I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday, I will miss Cecily’s impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss Kate’s loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!!”
Since joining SNL in 2014, Jones has been Emmy-nominated twice (2017 and 2018), and is nominated this year for co-writing “Upper East Side,” a comic music video from the show’s Season 44.
Here are Jones’ goodbye tweets: