"Saturday Night Live" star and head writer Seth Meyers has his next gig set: the host of NBC's "Late Night." The comedian will be taking over the job from current host Jimmy Fallon, whom NBC last month named to succeed Jay Leno as "Tonight Show" host in 2014.
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"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."
Of his new job, the Emmy-winning Meyers said in a statement, "I only have to work for Lorne (Michaels) for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car. 12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
Michaels, who is the executive producer of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and has produced numerous seasons of "SNL," will also be working with Meyers on the next iteration of "Late Night."
"Since 1982, there have been three 'Late Night' hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn’t be in better company," Michaels said in a statement.
A premiere date for "Late Night With Seth Meyers" has not yet been announced.