Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers will be the next Late Night host, NBC announced Sunday. Meyers, SNL’s head writer and Weekend Update host, will replace Jimmy Fallon, who is moving up an hour to host NBC’s Tonight Show.
“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,” said Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “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.”
Meyers and Fallon are expected to take their new roles in February, during NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the New York Times.