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Seth Meyers expects 'white-hot panic' on 'Late Night' debut

Feb. 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM ET

Last week Jimmy Fallon moved over to "The Tonight Show," and this week, it's Seth Meyers' turn to take his spot behind the desk at "Late Night." But for Meyers the move is a much bigger departure from what he's used to — and he's feeling the heat.

"White-hot panic" is what he told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie he expects when he's introduced as the new host on Monday night. "We'll probably have security guards behind me to make sure I can't make tracks quickly out the other direction."

Assuming those people are successful, Meyers will stick around and finally give viewers a taste of his TV-talk style. Will he be an nice-guy showman like Fallon? Stick to ironic shtick like David Letterman? Or go for the snark like Conan O'Brien or Jimmy Kimmel?

"I don't know," he admitted. "I mean, I think that's one of those things that you don't quite overthink — your own persona. Like, you just make the decisions you would make based on your own taste, and that probably leads to the kind of show it'll be."

Instead, his audience will likely see more of the talents Meyers is already known for from his work on "Saturday Night Live," like his always-memorable "Really?!" bits.

"I think you'll see, like, at least that sentiment," he said. "I don't know if you'll see it actually in that structure. But I promise to be incredulous about current events."

What more could anyone hope for from the man who did just that to perfection week after week on Weekend Update? Well, maybe a sneak peek. 

Watch the clip to see Meyers work his interview magic with Guthrie.

And see the real deal when "Late Night With Seth Meyers" kicks off Monday night at 12:35 a.m., with guests Amy Poehler, Vice President Joe Biden and musical guest A Great Big World.

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