After weeks of speculation, Seth Meyers is officially joining the Late Night ranks.
NBC announced the news that the head writer at Saturday Night Live and “Weekend Update” host has officially been given Jimmy Fallon’s old Late Night gig. Fallon will be taking over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show when Leno retires in 2014.
“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 in the release. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”
The official word on Fallon’s replacement comes one day before NBC is set to present its upfronts to the company’s stockholders. Meyer’s SNL boss Lorne Michaels will once again be executive producing the show.
Meyers has been at SNL for 12 seasons, where he’s served as head writer for eight and anchored the “Weekend Update” desk for seven. He’s won an Emmy for writing an opening monologue for Justin Timberlake, as well as earning five other Emmy nominations for his work on the sketch comedy series.
The premiere of Late Night with Seth Meyers is set to be announced at a later time.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.