Seth Meyers is going from SNL to Late Night.
The SNL head writer is slated to take over will take over the NBC 12:35 a.m. slot after current host Jimmy Fallon leaves the show to take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno. Coincidentally, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels is also the executive producer on Late Night.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “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.”
“I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers said. “Twelve-thirty on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
Sources say Meyers will remain working on SNL through the fall until he has to begin prepping for the Late Night takeover.
Meyers is currently on his 12th season with SNL, and eight season as head writer for the show.