After weeks of speculation, Seth Meyers has been tapped to be the host of NBC’s ‘Late Night’ as Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno to host of ‘The Tonight Show’ next year.
Lorne Michaels will executive produce ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer.
‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
Meyers has been an SNL cast member for 12 seasons and has been the sketch comedy’s head writer for eight of them. He’s manned the “Weekend Update” desk for seven seasons.
Weeks earlier, the network confirmed that Jay Leno would be replaced by Late Night host Fallon following the winter Olympics in February 2014.
Meyers will remain with SNL through the fall season. Both Tonight and Late Night will be filmed in New York, giving Los Angeles-based ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel Live an added advantage from a booking standpoint, writes Hollywood Reporter.
“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.
“I only have to work for Lorne [Michaels] for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” continued Meyers. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
The announcement was made today by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said Greenblatt.
He continued: “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.”
“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.”
NBC has yet to set a date for Leno to step down but it is expected to take place early next year during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Behind the scenes at NBC, Ted Harbert, who heads NBC’s broadcast operations, is becoming the point person for the network’s late-night operations, reports the LA Times.
However, NBC has not yet revealed the date as well as a format for ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’.
There has been speculation that Meyers could make his show more focused on newsmakers, politicians and athletes, making it closer to Weekend Update.
Otherwise it could be seen as a way to spice up a staid formula as well as differentiate one former young, white SNL comedian’s show from the other, writes Hollywood Reporter.
In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue.
He was also nominated in same category in 2012 for host Jason Segel’s monologue song. Meyers has also garnered five additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer on SNL and the 2011 special ‘The Real Women of SNL’.
Meyers has hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews, informs Zap2it.