Seth Meyers has been tapped to take over the NBC ‘Late Night’ gig when Jimmy Fallon vacates the slot to step in for the retiring Jay Leno next year.
The ‘Saturday Night Live’ head writer was considered the favorite to replace Fallon when he begins hosting ‘The Tonight Show,’ and the news has now been confirmed.
NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced, “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.”
The Emmy-winner has appeared on ‘SNL’ for twelve years. He said, “Twelve-thirty on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
Seth will remain on ‘SNL’ through the fall, when he will begin preparing to take over the late-night gig that will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
Meyers hit Twitter a few hours ago to announce his new job and get in a Mother’s Day shout out too, “So, next year I’m going to succeed Fallon on ‘Late Night.’ Thanks to NBC, Lorne, but especially Mom.”