Cecily Strong Exits ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 11 Seasons: Some of the ‘Best Moments of My Life’
18.12.2022 - 19:21
The end of an era! Cecily Strong has announced her Saturday Night Live exit after 11 years as a cast member.
“I’m a little emo tonight because, [the] truth is, I’m here to say goodbye,” the Schmigadoon! alum, 38, told Michael Che during the Saturday, December 17, “Weekend Update” segment, reprising her character of Cathy Anne.
While Strong’s chain-smoking character noted that she would be going to “prison” for her past actions, it prompted the This Will All Be Over Soon author to reflect on her own comedic tenure on the NBC series. “I think it is actually going to give me some much-needed stability,” she quipped to Che, 39. “And I’m not just scared because I’ve got friends on the inside, they seem to be doing OK.”
SNL then flashed images of Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon, who both departed SNL during season 47, to a roaring round of applause.
“It’s OK, you know? I had a good run,” Strong added on Saturday, joking about her character’s fictional relationship with Che. “I met you, we fell in love [and] we made a sex tape. … And Colin [Jost], don’t think I forgot about you. Here’s a pic of you and I doing ‘Update’ together!”
She continued: “Everyone has to go to jail at some point, right? It’s just my time now, but I had a lot of fun here and I feel really lucky that I got to have so many of the best moments of my life in this place with these people that I love so much. … ‘There’s no place like home,’ and there’s no home like the place I’ve gotten to yell outside Michael Che’s window.”
The Emmy Award nominee first joined SNL in 2012, where she was tapped to join former cast member Seth Meyers at the “Weekend Update” desk. After Meyers, 48, left the show, she continued to helm the news segment alongside Jost, 40. In 2014’s season