Why did Cecily Strong Leave SNL? Saturday Night Live said goodbye to another fan favorite when they announced Cecily Strong’s departure. The comedian made her debut in 2012 and is the show’s longest-serving female cast member.
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Why did Cecily Strong leave SNL?
SNL announced Cecily’s departure from the show on its Twitter page on December 17, 2022. Her final performance was on the same night that her departure was announced. “Tonight, we send off one of the best ever. “We’ll miss you, Cecily!” wrote the popular show on social media.
The 38-year-old was only supposed to return for the first half of this season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cecily was not in the opening credits of the first episode of the season, but she was in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles at the time, according to the outlet.
SNL has yet to confirm a replacement for Strong on the popular prime show at the time of writing.
Cecily was well-known for her impersonations of Judge Jeanine Pirro, Ana Navarro, Kendall Jenner, Megyn Kelly, and Liz Cheney, among others.
She also created characters such as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Talked to at a Party.”
What has Cecily Strong said?
After announcing her departure from SNL just hours before broadcast Saturday, Cecily Strong took to social media to share a heartfelt story and bid her former home goodbye.
“My heart is bursting.” she wrote on Instagram. “Ten and a half years ago I got my dream job.
“The first actual work day I tried to be very cool and make it look like I knew what I was doing and I was supposed to be there.
“I left that night around 11 after saying goodbye to everyone. I got stuck wandering around the building because none of the elevators went to the first floor, and I was trying so hard to avoid having to go back upstairs to ask for help because I’d already said goodbye!
“I think I went to every floor trying to figure out if there was another exit I was missing. I might have even gone into a stairwell.
“I ended up going back upstairs and my soon-to-be great friend Colin Jost helped me out and walked me over to the secret nighttime elevator.
It felt as impossible to leave that night as it does now. And my great friend Colin Jost ended up helping me again, this time by getting Elvis to sing me off. “
She continued: “I’m sorry I’ve been a little quiet about it publicly. I didn’t want the extra pressure on something already so emotional for me.
“And I’m so grateful I got to have these wonderful past six shows to help me ease into it.
I am ready to go, but I’ll always know home is here. I’ve had the time of my life working with the greatest people on earth.”