Kristen Wiig won't play Gilly anymore


With the release of Bridesmaids around the corner and an endless stream of glowing publicity, Kristen Wiig is pretty indisputably having a moment. And, as such, she's earned the right to start making a few demands. In a new interview, SNL's current star cast member tells Time that she's officially retired two of her most famous (and famously grating) characters, the obsessively competitive Penelope and the vaguely murderous child Gilly. In fact, Wiig now refuses to dust them off, even at the request of Lorne Michaels! Seriously, nothing says power like the ability to say no to Lorne Michaels.

Personally, I think this just means more opportunity for Wiig to break out new characters and showcase different facets of her talent, but then again I was never a huge fan of either Penelope or Gilly to begin with. So what do you think — major loss to the show, or major relief?

Commentarium (17 Comments)

May 03 11 - 4:02pm

Good for her. I liked those characters, but she's taken them as far as they can go.

May 03 11 - 4:28pm

Why do that!?! If it weren't for Gilly and Penelope, all of Kristen Wiig's characters would be exactly the same.

May 03 11 - 4:57pm

That stuff always fell flat.

May 03 11 - 5:02pm

Any way we can get her to add the Target lady to that list, and the woman who can't keep a secret? Penelope was clever for a bit, but it's overdone, and all of them make me go, "Oh, no, that this again," when they show up.

May 03 11 - 5:37pm

Wow, that's crazy!

I never knew that SNL was still on the air!

May 03 11 - 7:06pm

If you want "Oh no not that again" it has to be "Oowee, what's up with that?" I'm going to shoot my TV if I see that crap once more.

May 04 11 - 10:54am

Yeah, I hate that one, too. It's one joke, over and over again, and not a very funny one even to begin with.

May 03 11 - 9:29pm
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I like Wiig a lot. Gilly was far and away her worst character. I'm not sure how it ever got on the air in the first place. The writers thought it was funny?

May 03 11 - 9:51pm

Thank god. SNL doesn't really have any sketches at the moment worthy of being a running bit

May 03 11 - 11:36pm

She is one of the weakest star on SNL anyway. I never thought of her as funny and I hate Gilly.

May 04 11 - 3:12am

Wow, if you think Kristen Wiig is one of the weakest SNL stars I'd really hate to hear about your sense of humor.

May 04 11 - 3:12am

I always hated her character on Weekend Update who was really nervous and said "just kidding" a lot. Perhaps thats penelope, I never paid attention long enough for a name.

May 04 11 - 9:48am

It's time for new stuff, she's a huge talent.

May 07 11 - 8:45pm

Am i the only one hoping (or waiting) for Wiig's sex tape?

Seriously, she's a hottie underneath the SNL was Tina Fey for that matter,
it seems the sooner chicks leave SNL the hotter they instantaneously become.

Dec 20 11 - 11:09am

YEAH!!!!!! talented and hilarious women should make sex tapes!!!!!! what are they doing having fulfilling careers???? go crawl back into your cave.

Jun 10 11 - 3:37am

That's not just the best answer. It's the bseestt answer!

Jan 07 12 - 8:24pm

Aaaahh! Those were literally my favorite two characters of hers!! Why doesn't anyone like them?