Kate McKinnon Pays Final Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Season Premiere of 'SNL'

'For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice,' the comedian said of the judge she played on the show from time to time

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Comedian Kate McKinnon paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday in the premiere of the 46th season of “Saturday Night Live.”

During “Weekend Update” segment McKinnon sat quietly in the audience, wearing a black supreme court gown, along with Ginsburg’s iconic collar and glasses. At the end of the segment, the camera zoomed in on the actress as she placed her hand over her heart and bowed her headed. “Rest in power” was written across the screen.

“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again,” McKinnon told USA TODAY.

“Playing her on SNL was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” she added.

The widely beloved Supreme Court Justice passed away on September 18 at the age of 87 due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Kate McKinnon as RBG

The comedian often played the Jewish judge which even received the approval of Ginsburg herself, "I liked the actress who portrayed me, and I would like to say 'Gins-burned!' sometimes to my colleagues," Ginsburg said of McKinnon’s impressions of her in 2018.



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