Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong Addresses Weekend Update Exit: 'I'm Genuinely Happy About It'

Cecily Strong Leaving Weekend Update

Don’t cry for Saturday Night Live MVP Cecily Strong, who earlier this week lost her Weekend Update chair to Daily Show correspondent Michael Che.

In a message on her Instagram page, Strong assured fans that she’s not the least bit angry about Lorne Michael’s (seemingly unpopular) decision. Quite the contrary, in fact.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

In an interview with the New York Times, Michaels said the change “feels appropriate for now” as SNL enters “a new era,” adding, “That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”

Parks and Rec‘s Chris Pratt will host the Sept. 27 season opener, with musical guest Ariana Grande.