Cecily Strong originally planned to leave SNL in May

Cecily Strong will soon leave Saturday Night Live.

Strong’s final appearance on “SNL” as a cast member would occur on Saturday’s episode, which is predicted to be the show’s final in 2022. She started performing on “Saturday Night Live” in 2012, and since then she has made a name for herself by portraying characters like The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party and a sleazy impersonation of Judge Jeanine Pirro from Fox News. Strong worked as an anchor for “Weekend Update” alongside Seth Meyers and Colin Jost during her time on “SNL.”

It shouldn’t be shocking that Strong is leaving the team. This season, the actor missed numerous episodes in order to perform in a play, which was a clue that she was already considering her choices. Similar actions were taken by Kate McKinnon at the beginning of her final season on the show in the fall of 2021.

Strong’s mid-season departure has given surprise to some of the people from Saturday Night Live last weekend following an 11-year run. However, Puck News revealed that she had always intended to leave at Christmas and was originally planning to depart last May. 

She hasn’t explained why she stayed, especially considering that she missed the first few episodes of this season while performing in Los Angeles. However, several SNL cast members think she genuinely wanted her own unique send-off rather than sharing May with Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and others.

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