Less than 48 hours after it was revealed that Cecily Strong was leaving the anchor desk on “Weekend Update” and replaced by Michael Che, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member has come out now to address all the headlines.
One of the parts of this story that she chose to take on above all, though, was seemingly the backlash over it, and to a certain extent the impression that she was forced out of the role. We wrote yesterday that Strong had actually asked for a different role, and in a post on Instagram, she explained that she is looking forward to doing some other characters and fun things with 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. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che! No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about! Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa.”
We understand all sides of the emotional spectrum here for people, but we will say that personally, we’re thrilled to be seeing more Cecily characters on the show. She was the best part of Update by the end of last season, but her talent really shines through the best in sketch, when she gets the opportunity to play all sorts of crazy characters.
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