As he gets ready for his new “Late Night” gig, Seth Meyers revealed a few details about his new talk show, during a recent visit to Access Hollywood Live.
Here’s what Seth told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about what his “Late Night” will look like:
On the show’s format: “We love what ‘Late Night’ has been over the years, so we don’t want to deconstruct it and take it apart. We’re going to have a monologue, desk pieces and guests [and make it] as topical as possible.
On the show’s music elements: “We are going to have musical guests, we are going to have bands on the show… We don’t know [if we are having a house band] yet, and I’m not being coy.” [Fred Armisen has since been announced as his bandleader].
On the keeping the show’s title consistent with previous versions: “I felt like if we shook it up it would look like thumbing our nose at the legacy of the shows.”
On stealing “SNL” staff for “Late Night”: “I poached one guy, Alex Baze, who is the “Weekend Update” head writer. As soon as I got the job, the first thing Lorne Michaels says is, ‘You can’t take Baze.’”
On what advice Jimmy Fallon had for him: “Just to be patient [and] stick with your guns.”
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” premieres February 24 on NBC.
-- Jesse Spero