right before tonight’s episode of saturday night livethe show’s Instagram account announced that it would be the last episode to feature the famous cast member. Cecily Strongone of the last remaining veterans of the show.
During her 11-year run, Strong proved to be one of the sketch comedy show’s most reliable and funny performers, attracting new faces such as the girl who wished she hadn’t started the conversation at the party and Cathy Ann. Introduced the characters. From Lana Del Rey to Janine Pirro, Michael Che’s drug lord next door armed with impersonators as well as wild opinions.
After featuring a cold open Strong’s Kimberly Guilfoyle Trying to sell her Christmas album — much to the chagrin of Trump touting NFTs — Strong appeared in the “Weekend Update” as her. Cathy Ann charactershedding tears to the audience, said, “It’s my time now. But I had a lot of fun here and I feel really lucky to have had so many of the best moments of my life here with the people I love.”
But that was not all. In the final sketch of the night, the cast bid Strong her second goodbye.
Set in Radio Shack Kenan Thompson as store manager Frank Lasagna saying goodbye to Cecily;
“Today is Cecily’s last day at Radio Shack after an incredible eight years,” Thompson said.
“Well, I’ve been here eleven times,” Strong replied.
“I know. “Every time she came to work, she had a new personality, a new accent, or a new impression that overwhelmed you. I know I shouldn’t say this as your boss, but I love you, Cecily.
“I love you too, Mr. Frank Lasagna,” she retorted.
So, SNL brought out the host Austin Butler as “casual” ElvisSerenades Strong with a rendition of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas.”
“We’ll have a blue Christmas without you / We’ll be so blue just thinking about you” Elvis voice.
Strong himself spoke up: “And when those blue snowflakes begin to fall/Then those blue memories begin to call…”
Then, as snowflakes fell, Thompson and the rest of the cast joined in on the fun. It was one of the most moving farewells the show has ever produced.