The moment we’ve been dreading is here. Cecily Strong left Saturday Night Live After 11 seasons. SNL: News of his departure was shared on social media by Austin Butler just hours before last night’s release. “Tonight we’re fielding one of the best to ever do it. We will miss you, Cecily.” of the show the account wrote on Instagram. The farewell post included a shot of “Strong Like the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started Conversation With at a Party,” as well as a video of her singing in a pool of boxed wine as Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. Strong has joined SNL: premiered in 2012 and won two Emmy nominations in 2020 and 2021 for the show. Her departure comes at the end of a year that saw the departure of several other longtime stars, including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd and more.
The Season 48 cast took time to say goodbye to Strong with a sketch of him playing a RadioShack employee on his last day. “Every time he came to work, he had a new persona or a new accent or a new impression that would just blow you away,” Kenan Thompson said. “He’ll bring energy and joy to his speech that will make you remember why you loved working at RadioShack in the first place.” Butler then let Elvis take over once again to lead the cast in a cover of “Blue Christmas,” with lyrics adapted in Strong’s honor. “You’ll be fine every Saturday night,” they sang under the lightly falling snow. “But we’ll all have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.”
After the show, Strong took to his Instagram account to explain that he was keeping the news of his departure quiet because it was too emotional for him. “I’m sorry for being a bit quiet in public. I didn’t want any extra pressure on something that was already so emotional for me,” he wrote. “And I’m so grateful to have had these wonderful last six shows that have helped me ease into it and get to know and laugh and probably over-hug Molly and Marcello and Devon and Michael, who I think are not only brilliantly funny are, but also really. great people. I’m ready to go, but I’ll always know home is here. I have worked with the greatest people in the world during my life.” You can look forward to the second season of Strong on Apple TV+ Shmigadoon!, as well as the upcoming animated Garfield movie Watch her tears in her finale SNL: look as cast below.
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