The fawning performance broadcast across the US concluded with the cast singing a rendition of “To Sir, With Love”.
While the musical number was performed, a giant black and white portrait of the outgoing president appeared behind the cast.
The show’s stars Cecily Strong and Sassier Zamata finished the song offering a final gift to the 44th president – withMs Strong saying: “We got you a mug. It says, ‘World’s Best President’.”
Zamata added: “Thank you. Don’t go.”
The Saturday Night Live performance was described as the "greatest joke" on Greg Gutfield
It might just be the greatest joke Saturday Night Live has ever made
But not everybody found the farewell tribute heartwarming as Fox News’ Greg Gutfield blasted the goodbye as the show’s “greatest joke”.
“Saturday Night Live was about as entertaining as an ocular migraine,” he began in his one minute rant.
“But last week, I must admit, contained something absolutely hilarious, they sang ‘To Sir, With Love’ in honour of President Obama.”
The Saturday Night Live cast sang "To Sir, With Love"
After a clip of the performance was shown, the camera returns to a clearly stunned Gutfield who, after a short pause, continued: “wow”.
“This was brilliant, to satirise the blind love of the obedient entertainment world with a sappy love song dedicated to their fearless, progressive cult leader and they played it straight unloading a syrupy valentine that could rot your teeth at ten paces,” he sarcastically said.
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“This had to be an attempt to mock Hollywood’s docile conformity, comparing them to all those terrified entertainers forced to pay tribute to tyrants in hell holes like Gaddafi's Libya or North Korea.”
Greg Gutfield blasted the performance on Fox News
As he rolled his eyes, the Fox News host concluded: “It might just be the greatest joke Saturday Night Live has ever made – unless they were serious!
“If they were then we really are living in a polarised world of competing tribes, just when your exasperated from Trump’s relentless fan boys, you’re reminded of these groupies – and it’s a wash”.
There has been no love lost between Donald Trump and Saturday Night Live over recent months.
In November, the Republican blasted the show as “unfunny and biased” over Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin’s impression of the then president-elect.
Meanwhile, after Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday, the show once again mocked the president with a skit of Beck Bennett playing a shirtless Vladimir Putin, reassuring Americans: “Don't worry, I got this. Putty's going to make everything okay."
The comedian addressed the camera and said: “Donald, let's talk as friends. You're not off to a great start, man!
“However”, he said, as an image of a huge crowd was shown, "I'm glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration.
"Oh, wait. That's the Women's March. Here is the inauguration."