Kate McKinnon paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on NBC‘s Saturday Night Live. For the season premiere of the late-night show, McKinnon donned a pair of glasses and threw on a black robe to honor the Brooklyn native. During the “Weekend Update” segment, cameras zoomed in on McKinnon as she bowed her head and placed her right hand on her heart. The image then dissolved into a “Rest In Power” graphic before transitioning into commercial.
“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 said.
As SNL headed to break out of “Weekend Update,” Kate McKinnon paid homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. pic.twitter.com/QwLNN6rzTc
— Joshua Short (@JoshuaShortWNDU) October 4, 2020
“I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honors of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”
Ginsburg passed away on September 18 after battling pancreatic cancer. She is a graduate of Harvard, Cornell and Columbia universities. After graduating, Ginsburg went on to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 until her death this year. Ginsburg’s potential successor Amy Coney Barrett is set to sit for confirmation hearings this week.