“Saturday Night Live” will add a new anchor to “Weekend Update” this fall, the New York Times& reports.
Starting with the show’s season premiere on Sept. 28, Cecily Strong will co-host the segment alongside Seth Meyers, who plans to leave SNL in February.
Strong, who began her first season on SNL last year, has guest-starred numerous times on “Weekend Update” as the Girl you Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.
Her performances wowed SNL producer Lorne Michaels, which resulted in his decision to select her for the open anchor position.
“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels said in a statement to the NY Times. “She exploded.”
Meyers will begin hosting NBC’s Late Night show, replacing Jimmy Fallon who will take over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. Though Meyers plans to leave SNL in order to focus on his Late NIght duties, Michaels hopes that the actor will still continue to host “Weekend Update” with Strong.
Because the revamped version of Late Night will not include a Friday night episode, Michaels noted to the NY Times, Meyers would have the time to work on Saturday night’s “Weekend Update” if he should choose.
Michaels has had this hands full this fall. In addition to Strong, he has had to appoint and reposition several new cast-members due to the departures of many SNL veterans. Those who have left the show include Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis among others.