Seth Meyers Takes Jimmy Fallon’s Spot on Late Night
Meyers has been a Saturday Night Live head writer for eight seasons and cast member for 12. He’s manned the Weekend Update desk since Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon departed from the show. Now, he’s taking over for Fallon once more. Jimmy Fallon will be heading over the the Tonight Show desk in 2014.
NBC President Praises Seth Meyers
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said NBC President Bob Greenblat. “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. 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.”
“I only have to work for Lorne [Michaels] for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers said. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
Is Seth Meyers a Good Choice For Late Night?
Meyers’ uncensored standup is drop dead hilarious and smart. It’s almost certain that his late night show will have as many loyal followers as Conan O’Brien. Let’s just hope that this new late night show shuffle sticks. The last time we had a shake up, Jay Leno decided he didn’t really want to leave and Conan O’Brien was thrown out. Should the same happen to Fallon and Meyers, younger fans might just have to put their foot down.
Barring anymore casting and contract snafus, Seth Meyers is going to make an excellent addition to the late night circuit.