After announcing her departure from SNL Just hours before Saturday’s broadcast, Cecily Strong took to social media to share a heartfelt story and goodbye to her former home.
“My heart is breaking,” she wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “Ten and a half years ago I got my dream job. On my first real day at work, I tried to be very cool and make it seem like I knew what I was doing and that I was supposed to be there. I left that night around 11 after saying goodbye to everyone. I got stuck in the building because none of the elevators went to the first floor and I was trying so hard not to have to go upstairs to ask for help because I had already said goodbye! I think I went up each floor to see if there was another exit I missed. Maybe I even went down a stairwell. I ended up going back upstairs and my future good friend Colin Jost helped me out and took me to the secret night elevator.
It felt as impossible to leave that night as it does now. And my awesome friend Colin Jost finally helped me again, this time by getting Elvis to sing me off (thanks, Austin Butler, you absolutely kind and generous dreamboat). I’m sorry I’ve been a little quiet about this publicly. I didn’t want the extra pressure on something that’s already so emotional to me. And I’m so thankful that I’ve had these wonderful last six shows to help me get into it. and meet Molly and laugh and probably hug excessively [Kearney]Marcello [Hernandez]devonian [Walker] and Michael [Longfellow], who I consider not only brilliantly funny, but also really great people. I’m ready to go, but I will always know that my home is here. I’ve had the time of my life working with the greatest people in the world.”
SNL announced Strong’s exit on Saturday, releasing photos and video of Strong along with the caption, “Tonight we’re sending away one of the best that ever did it. We’ll miss you Cecily!” A source told TVLine that it was always the plan for the comedian to only return for the first half of the current Season 48. (Check out her farewell sketches from Saturday’s episode hosted by Austin Butler here.)
Strongly connected SNL as a lead in 2012, became a full cast member the following year and co-hosted Weekend Update with Seth Meyers. She received two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy in 2020 and 2021. strong leaves SNL as the longest-serving female cast member in series history, supplanting Kate McKinnon. She will next return for Season 2 of the Apple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon!broadcast next year.
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https://tvline.com/2022/12/18/snl-cecily-strong-leaving-goodbye-statement/ Cecily Strong Quits ‘SNL’: Read Her Heartfelt Statement