The newest host to join the late night crowd has been chosen. After months of speculation, Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers has officially been tapped to replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night.
The news comes after a flurry of media curiosity followed by weeks of tight-lipped meetings at the network. The deal will see Meyers take over the 12:35 AM slot after Fallon transitions to Jay Leno’s desk at The Tonight Show. Meyers has frequently been cited as the favorite to take over since rumors began circulating in March. With SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels also executive producing Late Night, the choice had been widely reported as a lock for the weeks leading up.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt about the matter. “His years at SNL‘s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise.”
As for his opinion on the matter, Meyers was quick to get the jokes started. “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car. … 12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.” Meyers is in the middle of his 12th season on Saturday Night Live, his eighth as head writer and seventh as anchor of the Weekend Update desk.
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