Seth Meyers to Replace Fallon
'SNL' head writer heading over to new NBC 'Late Night' gig
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Seth Meyers is trading in the "Weekend Update" desk to succeed fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon over at Late Night, reports Entertainment Weekly. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” says NBC's entertainment chief. The switch takes place next year when Fallon succeeds Jay Leno at the Tonight Show. “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” joked Meyers in a statement. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.” Meyers had long been rumored the frontrunner for the job.

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May 13, 2013 6:56 PM CDT
I smell the over-sized influence of Lorne Michaels. Ever since Fallon took over Conan's spot the show has been over run with current and former SNL cast members as guests. Now, with Fallon taking over The "Tonight Show" and moving it to New York and Meyers getting "Late Night", we'll see the quality of guests drop off. Plus you can forget about seeing any Americana/Roots or Country music on either show. Lorne Michaels distaste for them has been chrystal clear over the years of SNL. Letterman understands Americana, Leno at least has some contemporary "country" acts on. Conan did, too. Fallon goes mostly for Rap and Alt. rockers.
May 13, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
This gig is locked by white males. So women and people of other races are not funny? Viva YouTube.
May 13, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
is reading the news with a sh1t eating grin comedy ? i like snl but the only time the snl news is funny is when there is a guest or stephan , this will be a short lived choice , of course they stuck with leno so who knows ,