After 11 seasons on ‘SNL,’ Cecily Strong is leaving: ‘One of the Best to Ever Do It.’

After 11 seasons on ‘SNL,’ Cecily Strong is leaving: ‘One of the Best to Ever Do It.’

Updated on December 19, 2022 11:17 AM by Michael Davis

Cecily Strong is saying goodbye to Saturday Night Live.

Strong, 38, will make his farewell appearance as a cast member before the Christmas episode airs on Saturday night, according to the comedy sketch show's official Instagram account. The show will be hosted by Austin Butler, and Lizzo will perform as a musical guest.

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Tonight is the final farewell to one of the best to ever do it. We will miss you, Cecily!" With the remark, SNL released a picture of a sign that read, "We'll miss you, Cecily

The tweet included a picture of Strong imitating one of her many characters on Weekend Update alongside Michael Che, as well as a video of Strong channelling her inner Jeanine Pirro.

Strong was only going to take part in the first half of the current SNL season because she is always looking for new opportunities.

After learning about Strong's departure, many expressed their sorrow in the comments area.

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"No way. One user added, "You will be missed," while another described her departure as a "big loss." Another added: "Nooooooo. She is unquestionably a legend."

Strong made his television debut in September 2012 during season 38 of SNL. The next year, she began hosting Weekend Update, initially with Seth Meyers and subsequently Colin Jost. At the start of season 40, Che, who was then 39, took over.

She was promoted to repertory player in September 2013 with season 39, joining Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon. (McKinnon, 38, and Bryant, 35, both later left the show.)

With her return for season 48, her 11th overall, Strong surpassed McKinnon to hold the record for the female cast member with the longest tenure in SNL history.

Strong was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the 72nd and 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020 and 2021, respectively, while she was hosting the late-night programme.

She frequently appeared as Cathy Anne and The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party.

She also played several other characters throughout her stint on SNL, such as Sofia Vergara, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a number of people close to Donald Trump, such as , Ivana Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Melania Trump

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The 48th season of the comic sketch programme SNL is seeing a significant cast shakeup. After the season 47 finale, longtime series regulars McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Bryant, and Kyle Mooney departed.

According to PEOPLE's Sept. 1 confirmation, the series also lost Melissa Villasenor, and Alex Moffat, and featured player Aristotle Athari. After five seasons, Chris Redd then decided to depart Saturday Night Live.

The four new featured artists that will appear on Saturday Night Live in season 48 were named by NBC on September 15 as Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.

Strong's next appearance will be in season 2 of the Schmigadoon! AppleTV+ programme, which is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live. The actress is a producer for the show as well.

SNL will return in 2023 after the programme from Saturday night.

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