Cecily Strong will be saying goodbye to Saturday Night Live after appearing on the show for nearly a decade. Strong joined the comedy sketch series in 2012 as part of the cast for season 38 and quickly rose to prominence, taking over as host of the Weekend Update segment alongside Seth Meyers and later Colin Jost.
She was promoted to a repertory player in 2013, along with Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon. Over the years, Strong has become known for her memorable characters and sketches on the show, including her portrayal of former First Lady Melania Trump and her "Girl at a Bar" sketch, in which she played a woman who tries to impress men by pretending to be interested in various hobbies and activities that she knows nothing about.
Strong has also been praised for her ability to portray a wide range of characters, from eccentric elderly women to young, energetic party-goers. Strong's departure from the show was announced in an Instagram post from the official SNL account, which shared a photograph of a sign that read
"We'll miss you, Cecily."
"Tonight we send off one of the best to ever do it.
We'll miss you, Cecily!"In the comments, fans expressed their sadness at seeing her go, with some calling her "a legend through and through" and a "huge loss."
According to the announcement, Strong will be appearing on the show for the final time as a cast member during the Christmas episode, which will be hosted by Austin Butler and feature Lizzo as the musical guest.
Strong had originally planned to be involved in only half of the current season before moving on to new opportunities. While fans will surely miss Strong's talent and contributions to the show, they can look forward to seeing her in other projects in the future.
Strong has already proven herself as a versatile actress and comedian, and it's likely that she will continue to have a successful career in the entertainment industry.