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Michael Che Replaces Cecily Strong on SNL's Weekend Update

Michael Che Replaces Cecily Strong on SNL's Weekend Update

Cecily Strong is being replaced as an anchor on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update segment by comedian Michael Che.

The show’s creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels confirmed the news to The New York Times, saying the switch came after trying “a number of different combinations” over the last few weeks.

Michael worked on SNL as a writer last season and he is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show. Cecily will still remain on the series as a featured player.

Michael is a strong writer and he’s really funny,” Lorne said. “It’s always difficult to make changes and make ‘Update’ different from what’s gone before.”

“It struggled to find an identity last season… because what had come before had been pretty brilliant,” Lorne added. “This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now. That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”

This will be the first time in SNL history that two men sit at the anchor desk.

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  • TurnItUpJust

    I am happy that Cecily Strong is being replace. Let me rephrase I am happy that she going be in more sketch. I always though the weekend update took up too much of her time. She defiantly going to shine next season. Oh btw sasheer is probably going get cut with Michael coming in.

  • Good

    I’m glad she gone from weekend update. I don’t know why they chose her in the first place. Before weekend update she was just a feature player

  • NE1

    I like Cecily I hope she stays on the show. She was good on update too IMO.

  • SheWasGood

    I loved her on the news bit! She was much better than the other guy – he needs to go!

  • dgmn45

    Cecily Strong was the best weekend update anchor in recent memory. Colin Jost seems very dry and uninteresting. This new guy better be good because Cecily was Fantastic. Here’s hoping she has time to be in more of the show now.

  • fefe

    On the bright side..Cecily will finally be able to reprise her ‘The girl you wish you had not started a conversation with at a party ‘-character :D