After months of speculation, it’s official: Seth Meyers is set to take over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night slot beginning next February. The slot will follow Fallon’s new place on The Tonight Show, where he’s taking over for Jay Leno.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said Bob Greenblatt, chairman at NBC Entertainment in a press release. “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.”
USA Today points out that Meyers is expected to stay on SNL through January, when he’ll begin preparation for Late Night. It’s still unclear who will take Meyers’ “Weekend Update” slot.
“I only have to work for [producer] Lorne [Michaels] for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers said in a statement. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”