Ending weeks of speculation, Seth Meyers has closed a deal to succeed Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night program.
The long-time Saturday Night Live head writer was rumored to be the network's top choice to fill the 12:35 AM slot when Fallon takes over The Tonight Show following the Winter Olympics next February. Although no official start date for Meyers was revealed, NBC announced that both the Tonight Show and Late Night will be taped in New York's 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Expanding his late-night empire, SNL overlord Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer on both programs.
"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," gushed NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt 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."
Meyers added, "I only have to work for Lorne 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."
The 39-year-old Meyers has been SNL's head writer for eight of his twelve seasons on the show and has anchored Weekend Update for seven. This won't be the first time Meyers has attempted to follow Fallon. Meyers originally auditioned for the Weekend Update gig in 2004 after Fallon's departure, but lost out to Amy Poehler.
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