Comedian/writer Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong on the “Weekend Update” anchor desk for “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th season.
NBC confirmed the change late Thursday. Che will serve as co-anchor alongside Colin Jost, who joined the desk opposite Strong about halfway through last season.
Strong and Jost were installed on “Weekend Update last season after longtime anchor and “SNL” writer Seth Meyers moved to the nightly “Late Night” slot in February.
Strong will remain a full-time member of the “SNL” ensemble, NBC said. Exec producer Lorne Michaels told the New York Times that the show tried numerous combinations to get a fresh mix on “Update.”
“This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now,” Michaels told the Times. “That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”
Che has worked as a writer on “SNL” and a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He’s been a featured standup on “Late Night” and CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman.” His fist standup special aired on Comedy Central earlier this year.
The new season of “SNL” bows Sept. 27 with Chris Pratt hosting.
Here’s a clip of Che’s recent Comedy Central special:
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