new SNL cast member Michael Che would be replacing Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk, it was reported that Strong had requested the change herself to appear in more sketches. Strong decided to address the news on Instagram and delivered the below response to fans who were unhappy about her Weekend Update departure:
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!
While it’s unfortunate to see Strong leave Update so soon, her sillier side on the segment – most notably her hit character The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – has certainly been missed since she joined Seth Meyers at the Update desk last year. Check out her full Instagram post below: