Cecily Strong Says Goodbye to ‘SNL’ in Final ‘Weekend Update’ Appearance

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Studio 8H’s final era ended last night Cecily Strong appeared in her final episode of “Saturday Night Live” as a full time cast member. Shortly before showtime, she was informed of her decision.

Strong has been a fixture of the late night sketch show during her 11 years as a cast member, memorably creating characters such as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party and the endlessly horny drug addict Cathy Anne. Weekend Update was her brief hosting role. She co-hosted with Colin Jost during Seth Meyers’ final season and shared the news desk. But she was soon replaced by Michael Che.

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It was fitting that she would say her final goodbyes to the series, as Cathy Anne. She revealed that she was heading to prison after accepting a plea deal for life to avoid the death penalty and had to leave Che, her longtime crush.

Strong never fully broke character, but delivered a goodbye message that clearly applied to both her jail-bound character and her own exit from “SNL.” Mixing satire and sincerity, she reflected on her time with the show while reminding audiences of what made her such a valuable comedic asset in the first place.

“It’s just my time now,” she said. “But I had a lot of fun here, and I’m really lucky that I got to have so many of the best moments of my life in this place with these people that I love so much. But I guess take that with a grain of salt, being that I have addiction issues.”

She returned to the show in the final segment of the evening to receive a musical farewell from Austin Butler and the cast. They came together to serenade her with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” to end the show.

Watch Strong’s final “Weekend Update” appearance below.

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