Just before tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Livethe show’s Instagram account announced it would be the final episode featuring celebrated cast member Cecily Strong, one of the show’s last remaining veterans.
Over the course of her 11-year run, Strong would prove to be one of the sketch comedy show’s most reliable funny performers, introducing new characters such as The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party and Cathy Anne, Michael Che’s drug-addicted neighbor armed with wild opinions, as well as impersonations of everyone from Lana Del Rey to Jeanine Pirro.
After a cold open with Strong’s Kimberly Guilfoyle trying to sell her Christmas album — much to the chagrin of an NFT-hawking Trump — Strong appeared on “Weekend Update” as her Cathy Anne character, tearfully telling the audience, “It’s now just my time.But I had a lot of fun here and I feel really lucky that I got to live so many of the best moments of my life in this place, with these people that I love so much.
But that wasn’t all. In the final sketch of the evening, the cast gave Strong a second goodbye, this one even more tearful than the last.
Set in a Radio Shack, it features Kenan Thompson as the shopkeeper, Frank Lasagna, saying goodbye to Cecily.
“This is Cecily’s last day at Radio Shack after eight incredible years,” said Thompson.
“Well, I’ve been here eleven hours,” Strong replied.