'SNL' Star Cecily Strong Reacts to Weekend Update Ouster: "No Point in Being Angry or Sad"
Will this be another season of rebuilding for the venerable sketch show?
Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong is speaking out about having been cut from the show's Weekend Update segment.
Strong, who joined Seth Meyers at the Weekend Update desk at the start of last season and was later joined by Colin Jost after Meyers left to host Late Night, has been replaced by former Daily Show correspondent Michael Che. Strong will still be a castmember on the show.
"I don't see this as me leaving Update, just as me being on Update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at," Strong wrote on Instagram on Friday. "And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!"
Strong added that there's "no point in being angry or sad for me for something I'm genuinely happy about!"
SNL, which begins its 40th season on Sept. 27 with host Chris Pratt, is undergoing a bit of a rebuilding process. The show let go of three castmembers this summer — Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells and John Milhiser — and has also parted ways with Nasim Pedrad, who is a regular on the new Fox sitcom Mulaney.
The long-running sketch show has struggled to find breakout stars since the departures of recent high-profile castmembers Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis.