Cecily Strong, an American actress, and comedian said her farewell to NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend after being a cast member of SNL from 2012 to 2022. Strong is the longest-tenured female cast member in SNL’s history.
Strong has appeared on SNL for 11 seasons, and this weekend, she announced that it was her final episode as a cast member on SNL. She announced her retirement from the show on the Weekend Update segment while performing as one of her most popular characters, Cathy Anne.
Strong in character said, “I’m a little emo tonight because truth is, I’m here to say goodbye.” Her co-anchor in the segment, Michael Che asked, “Wait, where are you going?”
Strong’s character then replied, “Turns out, prison!”
She later joked she had “friends on the inside,” and a photo of former SNL cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant who also left SNL in May, dressed in orange prison uniforms was put on screen.
Also on the episode, Strong played herself as a departing RadioShack employee.
Playing her boss at Radio Shack during the skit, cast member Kenan Thompson said, “Every time she came to work, she had a new character or new accent or new impression that would blow you away. She’d have a power and a joy to her performance that made you remember why you loved working at Radio Shack in the first place.”
Then, as a tribute to her time at Radio Shack, Thompson announced that SNL host Austin Butler, who most recently starred as the late Elvis Presley in the film Elvis, and would playing the role of ‘casual Elvis’ would serenade her with the King’s 1957 song “Blue Christmas.”
Strong and the rest of the cast joined in the musical number and it ended with many hugs and tears being shared by many.