No, you don’t need to worry that Cecily Strong “quietly quit” Saturday Night Live, especially since there have been so many other cast changes for Season 48.
Strong isn’t in the new opening credits that were just shot in New York and aired for the first time this weekend. This has led to some questions about where she is and what her status is with the show.
But the truth is that Strong is currently 3,000 miles away from Studio 8H, headlining The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum.
The one-woman show, which is directed by Leigh Silverman and produced by SNL boss Lorne Michaels, is set to run until Oct. 23. After that, Strong will return to SNL for what will be her 10th season on the sketch comedy show.
As has been said before, Aristotle Athari, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, and Melissa Villasenor all left the show before Season 48.
On the other hand, Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker are the four new featured players on SNL.
Strong, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang will be back for Season 48, as well as featured players Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman, and presumably Please Don’t Destroy’s Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy.
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