It’s official: after years as Saturday Night Lives’ head writer, Seth Meyers will take over Late Night for Jimmy Fallon as he moves on to take over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.
The switch has been a long time coming, as the expected expiration date of Leno’s time on the Tonight Show seemed sooner than later.
Unfortunately for SNL, the move will mean that the sketch comedy show will be in need of a new head writer as Meyers takes his talents from Saturday night to 12:30 a.m.
However, that doesn’t mean that Lorne Michaels is upset with Seth’s move to late night because he is actually an executive producer for the show.
Meyers had this to say about Michaels, “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car. Twelve-thirty on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.” Meyers once again being the character that he is.
The promotion for the writer had been in talk for a while, sources say that Meyers was the front-runner for the position and with the successful track record that he had with Saturday Night Live, the big promotion seemed only right for him.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt had this to say, “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation.
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.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the 39-year-old Meyers takes over for Fallon on Late Night. The prestige of Saturday Night Live has been the spring board for countless other stars and to see this one blossom in front of us is nothing, but exciting.
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