Monday, April 15, 2024

Surprise: Cecily Strong is Leaving “SNL” Tonight After Signing for the Season — Last Minute Announcement During Rehearsal!


UPDATE I’m told host Austin Butler serenades Cecily at the end of the show with “Blue Christmas” as Elvis — and announces that this is her last show. There’s also a moment to watch on “Weekend Update.”

Surprise! And not a good one!

Cecily Strong is leaving “Saturday Night Live” tonight after 11 seasons. She missed the first couple of shows this season because she was doing a play in Los Angeles. But then she came back strong (so to speak) lifting the show up. This seemed like it was going to be her big year as the star of the show.

What happened? Who knows? But maybe in returning she realized she was done. Anyway. let’s hope she has a big career ahead of her — she’s shooting the “Chicago” version of “Schmigadoon” soon. And there should be much more!

Interesting that the announcement was made on SNL’s Instagram and not Strong’s. And it was made abruptly tonight, at around 9pm. Hmmm…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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