Funnyman Seth Meyers has been a staple of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" desk since 2008, but the SNL head writer will switch desks soon. Like his "Weekend Update" predecessor Jimmy Fallon, Meyers will takeover Fallon's 12:35AM slot on Late Night, when Fallon moves up an hour to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show next year. (Fallon also made the move from SNL's Weekend Update desk to the Late Night slot in 2009.)
The news was confirmed by NBC Sunday afternoon. "We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a statement. Greenblatt insists that Meyers' comedy is "perfect for the Late Night franchise."
The 39-year-old Meyers will be the fourth Late Night host since the show launched in 1982. David Letterman held down the desk first, followed by successful runs with Conan O'Brien and later Fallon. Late Night is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, who has executive produced SNL since its inception in 1975; twleve of those years have been with Meyers, eight of those twelve years Meyers has been head writer on the sketch show.
Meyers and Fallon are slated to start their new gigs around the time of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Both new versions of the Late Show and The Tonight Show will be filmed from NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," Meyers joked in the official statement. "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
He later humbly took to Twitter to say thank you. "Thanks to NBC, Lorne, but especially Mom.."