Even when it’s comedy, journalism is a tough business to be in right now. Chicago comic Cecily Strong—otherwise known as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party—is out as co-anchor of Weekend Update, the long-running news segment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The move will apparently give her the opportunity to appear in more of the show’s sketches, according to Bill Carter of the New York Times, who broke the news late last night.
Strong, who last year told Chicago she was voted Funniest Person in her middle-school yearbook, grew up in Oak Park and trained at Improv Olympics and Second City. She joined SNL in 2012 along with Chicago alums Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson, and quickly moved to co-anchoring Weekend Update with longtime host Seth Meyers, who was replaced by Colin Jost when he left to host NBC’s Late Night midway through the season.
“This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now,” Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, told the Times. Strong, who had asked for more appearances in the improv comedy sketches the show is known for, will be replaced by comic-news veteran Michael Che. Che, best known as a correspondent for The Daily Show, worked as a writer for SNL last season.
The show kicks off its 40th anniversary season on September 27, with Chris Pratt hosting. May many bad party conversations keep us busy till then.