RIP Kristen Wiig’s Gilly and Penelope

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Here’s an interesting tidbit from Time’s profile of Kristen Wiig: she has decided to retire both Gilly and Penelope, refusing to do them any more on SNL “even at Lorne Michaels’ request.” Which is actually pretty great; it’s very rare that an SNL castmember will retire a popular character, especially if it’s not at the request of Herr Michaels. Good on Wiig for sensing when they’ve run their courses and refuse to run them into the ground. They were both great characters, but this just makes room for new ones.