Seth Meyers Named Host of NBC’s ‘Late Night’

Seth Meyers Named Host of NBC's

'Saturday Night Live' vet to succeed Jimmy Fallon; Lorne Michaels to remain exec producer

NBC has tapped “Saturday Night Live” vet Seth Meyers to take over its “Late Night” franchise after Jimmy Fallon segues to the “Tonight Show” early next year.

“SNL” chief Lorne Michaels will remain exec producer of “Late Night” even as he takes on those sames duties for Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” “Late Night” vet Michael Shoemaker will remain with the show after the Meyers transition as a producer.

As soon as Fallon got the nod for the “Tonight Show” promotion, Meyers was seen as the logical choice of successor, though there had been speculation that NBC might be inclined to shake up the latenight boys’ club by tapping a femme host.

“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 NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, “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 has spent the past 12 seasons on “SNL.” He’s been head writer for eight seasons and “Weekend Update” anchor for seven seasons. In recent years he’s shown his skills outside of the sketch arena with hosting gigs such as ESPN’s Espy Awards and the 2011 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.

Michaels’ role in ushering Fallon’s successor gives him even more clout at the Peacock as he will oversee its latenight franchises with the exception of “Last Call with Carson Daly,” the half-hour yakker that follows “Late Night.”

“Since 1982, there have been three ‘Late Night’ hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn’t be in better company,” said Michaels.

Meyers segue to “Late Night” leaves two big holes to fill at “SNL.” NBC did not spell out a timetable for his departure but he’s expected to see it through the fall launch. Nor did the network announce a premiere date for his iteration of “Late Night.” Fallon is set to take the reins of “Tonight Show” on the heels of the Peacock’s winter Olympics coverage in February.

Said Meyers:  “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” said Meyers, adding: “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate.  I hope I can do it justice.”

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  1. Giselle says:

    What’s up with all the typos? Does no one proofread anymore?

  2. Neil says:

    Could be good.

  3. Chantal says:

    Let’s tell it like it is, without the Hollywood kissybut…. They fire the only person who consistantly ranks #1 for years, Leno, and replace him with completely oh-boring O’Brian and now un-funny Fallon. They’re going out of their way to diss their #1 audience who will follow Leno over to Fox if Fox has any brains. If the brains at the No-Brain-Corporation had any they’d turn Greenblat into GreenSplat and let Leno run the network!!!!

  4. David says:

    Bravo Seth! I am thrilled to know that the SNL pedigree continues to grace other shows and times. Yet another fabulous iO success story. Congratulations and cheers!

  5. ivana says:

    Did anyone proofread this article?? “THEIR had been speculation” Good grief.

  6. Erik Williams says:

    NBC needs to distance itself from the SNL alums.There is a reason the show isn’t funny anymore.If Meyers is the head writer he must be responsible for a lot of that.I would watch Tosh every night if he was the host, because he is a genuinely funny person who can carry a show.I don’t see the new guy doing that.

  7. Paul Stiles says:

    I think Seth is a great choice. I saw him as the male host of Regis and Kelly when they were shopping for new hosts and thought he was brilliant. Would have worked in that role. Jimmy Fallon is the freshest voice on late night television.

  8. stevehc1 says:

    This has been in the works for awhile now, and makes sense. There were really only a couple of possibilities; one was very do-able but less likely to succeed, the other was more likely to succeed but far less do-able. It should work out quite well, but Seth will have to find a way to both relax and display a bit more energy on camera.

  9. Tim Nasson says:

    He is horrible. Almost as horrible as Jimmy Fallon. What does the overrated, untalented Lorne Michaels have on NBC that he has so much power? NBC is in LAST PLACE and will fall ever further in the ratings with these three in charge of The Tonight Show and Late Show.

    The comment “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” by idiot Bob Greenblatt show how out of touch with reality NBC is.

    SNL has not been even MARGINALLY good for 10 years.

  10. mymydorothy says:

    I surely don’t like Seth Meyers. That’s a bad choice. With all the shows NBC is canceling right now, this will end up being another one. For a talk show Stephen Colbert could be good.

  11. Carl says:

    NBC you may want to look for a replacement for Seth Myers he isnt funny and you will regret this decision

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