Featured player Jon Rudnitsky is also departing
Tyrion Lannister will be the sketch show's main man in an upcoming episode.
The presidential hopeful and NBC will reunite once more after supposedly severing ties.
The 41st season will also feature hosting stints from Miley Cyrus and Amy Schumer.
Three and a half hours, some laughs, and a whole lotta clips.
In celebration of the show's big anniversary, we've listed some of the best recurring characters to come out of its four-decade run.
Along with some big-name musical guests.
If you've been watching Season 40, you'll recognize her.
Thanks to a boost from Hader and Kristen Wiig, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks.
The sketch show got off to a rough start this weekend, and even America's current sweetheart, first-time host Chris Pratt, couldn't elevate most of the sketches past mediocrity.
Not that we'd blame him; he's been on the show for 11 years.
He'll begin the new gig at the start of the upcoming 40th season.
You know that thing where former cast members come back sometimes?
The shake-ups continue.
Strong will remain on the show as a repertory player.
Sadly, Johnny Karate is not the musical guest.
The booming baritone officially retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to do SNL's voiceovers from his home in Arizona.