NBC confirmed today that Seth Meyers will fill the void left on Late Night when Jimmy Fallon moves on to The Tonight Show in 2014.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” NBC president Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.”
Meyers, who has been a Saturday Night Live cast member for 12 seasons, will continue working for Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of both SNL and 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,” Meyers said in a statement. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
Although he’s been a reliable, popular comedian on SNL and a cameo actor in movies such as Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, this move earn Meyers some big visibility.
Since Fallon took over Late Night from Conan O’Brien in 2009, he’s expanded his career by producing his own show, Guys With Kids.
These transitions certainly seem like win-win scenarios for both Meyers and Fallon. Now only one question remains: Who will take over Weekend Update on SNL?