Saturday night live Cast member Cecily Strong is not leaving the sketch show despite not appearing in the season 48 premiere.
The actor is currently on stage in a production of The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
As such, her absence from the show is expected to be temporary. In total, eight of her castmates from last year left permanently over the summer: Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson. Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor and Aristotle Athari.
Newcomers are Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.
The major cast shake was addressed during the episode’s cold open. When first-time host Miles Teller lamented that there were no impressions of Anthony Fauci, Lindsey Graham or Rudy Giuliano, co-star Andrew Dismukes pointed out, “They were all Kate McKinnon.”
mad Men and Confess to Fletch Star Jon Hamm also appeared in the sketch as a surprise guest.
After a one-line cameo by snowboarder Shawn White, Hamm poked fun at Teller by claiming the show sometimes resorted to stunt casting. “Sometimes they have to invite a real celebrity when the host isn’t that famous,” he commented. “I mean, if they couldn’t get the star of the big summer movie, your Tom Cruise or your Jon Hamm, they had to get the co-star.”
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