NEW YORK – Seth Meyers is moving from his Weekend Update desk to his own late night show on NBC.
The network said Sunday that the 12-year Saturday Night Live cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the 12:35 a.m. Late Night show next year. Fallon is moving up an hour as Jay Leno’s replacement on the Tonight show.
Meyers was considered the lead candidate for the Late Night job ever since Fallon’s promotion was announced. The announcement solidifies Lorne Michaels as the comedy kingmaker at NBC. He’ll be the executive in charge of Late Night, Tonight and Saturday Night Live, which will all originate from New York’s Rockefeller Center.
Meyers, 39, has been the head writer at Saturday Night Live for eight seasons. He’s in his seventh year as Weekend Update host, to which he devotes all of his on-air time now.
And like Fallon before him, Meyers is making the move from Weekend Update to Late Night.
We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation, said Bob Greenblatt, NBC entertainment chairman. His topical comedy is perfect for the Late Night’ franchise, he said.
The late-night show began with David Letterman in 1982, and its other hosts have been Conan O’Brien and Fallon.