Cecily Strong exits ‘SNL’ after emotional Christmas episode

This 12 months’s Christmas episode of “Saturday Night Live” doubled as an emotional farewell to forged member Cecily Strong, who revealed she won’t return when the present comes again in January.

Hosted by Austin Butler with musical visitor Lizzo, Saturday’s present included a number of moments devoted to Strong, who mentioned her goodbyes in the midst of her eleventh season. Strong introduced her imminent exit throughout a “Weekend Update” phase, in character because the chaotic Cathy Anne.

“Actually, I’m a little emo tonight because truth is, I’m here to say goodbye,” Strong’s Cathy Anne advised “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che.

Requested the place she’s going, Strong joked, “Turns out, prison! All the drugs I confessed to you here for the past seven years finally caught up to me.”

Because the phase progressed, Strong began to interrupt character and battle again tears whereas reminiscing about her time on the sketch comedy sequence.

“Listen, everybody has to go to jail at some point, right? It’s just my time now,” she continued. “But I had a lot of fun here. And I feel really lucky that I got to have so many of the best moments of my life in this place with these people.

… Another great drug addict once said, ‘There’s no place like home.’ And there’s no home like the place where I’ve gotten to yell outside Michael Che’s window. Don’t be sad because, remember, ‘I did it high, Che!’”

Later within the present, longtime forged member Kenan Thompson performed a RadioShack retailer supervisor giving a heartfelt sendoff to an worker named Cecily.

“As some of you know, this is Cecily’s last day working at RadioShack after eight incredible years,” Thompson mentioned on the prime of the sketch, which clearly wasn’t about RadioShack.

“I’ve been here 11,” Strong mentioned — to which Thompson jokingly replied, “I know. And eight of them were incredible.”

In a extra honest tone, Thompson continued, “Honestly, I don’t think that RadioShack could have survived this long without Cecily. Every time she came to work, she had a new character or a new accent or a new impression that would just blow you away. She’d have a power and a joy to her performance that made you remember why you loved working at RadioShack in the first place. I know I’m not supposed to say this as your boss, but I love you Cecily.”

“I love you too, Mr. Frank Lasagna,” a tearful Strong quipped.

After delivering his private tribute, Thompson revealed that RadioShack had booked a “special guest” for its Christmas celebration. Enter “Elvis” star Butler as “casual Elvis,” who led a forged singalong of “Blue Christmas” devoted to Strong on the Studio 8H stage.

Throughout her “SNL” tenure, Strong portrayed a number of fan-favorite “Weekend Update” characters — from Cathy Anne to Lady You Want You Hadn’t Began a Dialog With at a Celebration — and carried out memorable impressions of Choose Jeanine Pirro, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former First Girl Melania Trump and different distinguished figures.

The comic from Oak Park, Ailing. — who obtained back-to-back Emmy nominations for her work on “SNL” in 2020 and 2021 — additionally co-hosted “Weekend Update” reverse Seth Meyers and Colin Jost.

Strong was additionally recognized for her capability to deftly deal with heavy matters via humor on nationwide TV. Final 12 months, for instance, the comedy star made a robust assertion about abortion rights in character as Goober the Clown on “Weekend Update.” The standout phase has amassed 1.6 million views on YouTube.

“Here’s my truth,” Strong mentioned throughout the phase.

“I wouldn’t be a clown on TV here today if it weren’t for the abortion I had the day before my 23rd birthday. Clowns have been helping each other end their pregnancies since the caves. It’s gonna happen. So it ought to be safe, legal and accessible. We will not go back to the alley. I mean, the last thing anyone wants is a bunch of dead clowns in a dark alley.”

Strong is the most recent forged member to go away “SNL” following the main departures of Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Chris Redd, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor and extra.