Cecily Strong is leaving Saturday Night Live after eleven seasons

Cecily Strong has said goodbye to Saturday Night Live after eleven seasons.

A few hours before the final episode of the season on Saturday, the TV show’s Instagram account posted a cue card that read, “We’re going to miss you Cecily.” The caption read, “Tonight we’re sending off one of the best who ever made it.”

Strong, who was twice Emmy-nominated for her work on the show, was known for characters like the girl you wouldn’t want to talk to at a party and impressions of the likes of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and the US Representative Marjorie Taylor Green.

During Saturday’s show, she broke up her role as Michael Che’s drug-addicted neighbor Cathy Anne on Weekend Update to make a personal statement.

“I had a lot of fun here,” she said. “And I feel really fortunate that I’ve had so many of the best moments of my life in this place, and with these people that I love so much.”

It’s the latest in a string of high-profile departures for Saturday Night Live this year, including Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney and Aidy Bryant. Strong joined the series in 2012 during its 38th season and has since appeared in films including 2016’s Ghostbusters and TV shows such as Apple TV+’s Schmigadoon!

She and host Austin Butler closed the episode with a performance of “Blue Christmas.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/cecily-strong-snl-leaving-why-b2247525.html Cecily Strong is leaving Saturday Night Live after eleven seasons

JOE HERNANDEZ

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