Is Cecily Strong done with “SNL”? Probably not (we’ll explain why below), but after the premiere episode of Season 48, fans worried that she might have pulled a stealth exit after she was completely absent from the new opening credits.
The end of “Saturday Night Live” Season 47 saw a large exodus of longtime cast members, including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson, among others. But that list didn’t include Cecily Strong, who has been with the show since 2012.
TheWrap has reached out to “SNL” representatives for comment and we’ll update you when we know for sure. However, Strong’s absence from the Season Premiere isn’t unexpected; she’s currently starring in a production of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” which opened earlier this week on September 28th at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. And prior to the season’s premiere, Strong had not officially announced an exit from the show.
And, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Strong’s absence from the credits isn’t indicative of a permanent exit, and she plans to return after her tenure in LA. Reps for NBC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
That doesn’t mean people aren’t still wondering what the deal is. For example:
This season would mark Strong’s 11th with “SNL”, making her one of the longest-running cast members on the show. Thanks to her impressions of her as Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and her strong advocacy for abortion rights and feminism, she’s become a beloved fixture on the sketch comedy series.
Strong earned particularly strong praise late last year, after she appeared as Goober the Clown on Weekend Update to discuss abortion rights, and her own abortion. You can watch that moment here.