This season of HBO's football docu-series Hard Knocks came to an end on Thursday, shortly after Taran Killam cleaned out his Saturday Night Live office after his contract wasn't renewed for the upcoming season.
To put a funny spin on what had to be an emotional goodbye, the long-time SNL castmember turned the occasion into an epic parody of the popular sports reality series -- complete with voice-over narration, a bombastic score and so many establishing shots.
"Live Knocks: Saying Goodbye to SNL" documented the comedian's final moments backstage in Studio 8H, after the show "released Killam from his contract, making Killam a free agent."
"I had a good run," the 34-year-old actor deadpanned to the camera while taking down decorations from the wall of his office. "Six years is a long time to spend anywhere, so when it's time, it's time."
So sad Hard Knocks is over. Or is it? pic.twitter.com/8221voUB0z— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) September 7, 2016
The brief mini-doc even including a talking-head style interview with the actor, who opened up on the challenges of a six-year run on the iconic sketch series.
"When you first get the job, you can't believe it, you know? It's a dream come true," Killam shared. "But year after year, the ideas don't come so fast, the wigs start fitting a little looser, and you find yourself thinking, 'I can't possible come up with another silly voice.'"
While fans of the celebrated SNL performer will no doubt miss his presence in the upcoming season, Killam has a lot on his plate. Aside from being cast in a new Showtime pilot, his comedy Brother Nature hits theaters this Friday and he's currently working on his directorial debut, Why We're Killing Gunther, which is set to come out sometime next year.
Killam isn’t the only star who won't be returning for the next season of SNL. Impressionist Jay Pharoah, who signed on to the cast in 2010, and single-season castmember Jon Rudnitsky were also released from the series. Check out the video below for more on the surprising SNL cast shakeups.