It’s official – Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of NBC’s “Late Night” when Fallon moves to “The Tonight Show” in 2014, the network announced on Sunday.
Lorne Michaels will executive produce “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer.
“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,” Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement on Sunday. “On behalf of Steve Burke, Ted Harbert and Paul Telegdy, we couldn’t be happier that Seth and Jimmy Fallon will be continuing their careers at NBC after growing up in this network’s late night legacy.”
“Since 1982, there have been three ‘Late Night’ hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn’t be in better company,” said Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of “Late Night.”
“I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” said Meyers. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
Meyers is currently in his twelfth season as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” his eighth season as the show’s head writer, and his seventh as “Weekend Update” anchor.
In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. He was nominated in same category in 2012 for host Jason Segel’s monologue song.
The premiere date for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” has yet to be announced, but is expected to debut after the Olympics.
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