Cecily Strong Last ‘Weekend Update’ Before Leaving ‘SNL’

The longtime cast announced their departure just before the show aired Saturday night.

Last night marked the end of an era at Studio 8H as Cecily Strong appeared as a full-time cast member on her final episode of Saturday Night Live. News of her departure was announced just before Showtime.

A fixture on the late-night sketch show throughout her 11-year tenure as a performer, Strong created unforgettable characters like the girl you wouldn’t talk to at a party and the endlessly horny drug addict Cathy Anne. She also briefly hosted Weekend Update, shared the newsroom with Seth Meyers during his final run on the show, and co-hosted with Colin Jost at the start of the next season, though she was soon replaced by Michael Che.

So it was fitting that she said one of her final goodbyes to the series as Cathy Anne, and joined Michael Che behind the Weekend Update desk for one final bout of mayhem. The character revealed that she was going to prison (she had accepted a plea to life in prison to avoid the death penalty) and as a result had to break up with Che, her longtime crush.

Strong never completely broke the character, but delivered a farewell message that clearly applies to both her imprisoned character and her own exit from “SNL.” Mixing satire and sincerity, she reflected on her time on the show while reminding audiences what made it such a valuable comedic asset in the first place.

“Now is just my time,” she said. “But I had a lot of fun here and I’m really lucky to have had so many of the best moments of my life in this place with the people I love so much. But I guess I’ll take that with a grain of salt as I have addiction issues.

The sketch wasn’t her last performance, as she returned in the final segment of the night to receive a musical send-off from host Austin Butler and the rest of the cast. They got together to serenade her with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” to close the show.

Watch Strong’s latest Weekend Update appearance below.

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https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/cecily-strong-final-weekend-update-leaving-snl-1234793458/ Cecily Strong Last ‘Weekend Update’ Before Leaving ‘SNL’

Lindsay Lowe

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