Cecily Strong Becomes First Cast Member to Exit "Saturday Night Live" Season 48

The Dec. 17 episode of “Saturday Night Live” wasn’t simply the final episode of 2022, it doubled as a goodbye to longtime solid member Cecily Strong. Her exit was introduced on the official “SNL” Twitter previous to the episode’s premiere. “Tonight we ship off among the finest to ever do it. We’ll miss you, Cecily!” the tweet learn.

Strong first joined “SNL” in 2012 and shortly created quite a few memorable recurring characters together with The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party and the powerful Cathy Anne, whom she made one ultimate look as in the course of the Weekend Update section. “I’m a little bit emo tonight, as a result of I’m right here to say goodbye,” the “Schmigadoon!” star mentioned in character to Michael Che. When Che requested her why she was leaving, she joked, “seems, jail.”

She went on to guarantee Che that she can be simply advantageous since she already had “buddies on the within, they usually appear to be doing OK.” At that time, an image of season 47 departing solid members Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon sporting orange jumpsuits appeared on display.

From there, Strong let her character slip barely as she bid the present farewell. “I had run, I imply, I met you,” Strong mentioned to Che. “And Colin [Jost], do not you assume I forgot about you. Here’s an image of you and me doing Update collectively.”

She continued, “Everybody has to go to jail sooner or later, and it is simply my time now, however I really feel actually fortunate that I acquired to spend so lots of the greatest moments of my life with these those that I really like a lot.”

Later within the episode, host Austin Butler joined Kenan Thompson and the remainder of the solid in serenading Strong with a rendition of “Blue Christmas.” Thompson, who stays the present’s longest-running solid member, sang, “You’ll be doing all proper each Saturday evening. But we’ll all have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.”

While Strong is the primary “SNL” solid member to exit season 48, the tip of season 47 noticed quite a few high-profile exits from the collection. Among the solid members who just lately left the present are Pete Davidson, Bryant, McKinnon, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor, amongst others. Remaining solid members embrace Thompson, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, Mikey Day, and Bowen Yang.

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