Colin Jost to Replace Seth Meyers as 'SNL's 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor


Colin Jost To Replace Seth Meyers as 'SNL' Weekend Update Co-Anchor

It looks like current 'Weekend Update' co-anchor Cecily Strong will not be helming the Update desk on her own come Seth Meyers' 'Saturday Night Live' departure next month. Deadline reports Strong will be joined by current 'SNL' head writer Colin Jost on March 1.

Meyers will be leaving 'SNL' after his farewell on Feb. 1. He will then take Jimmy Fallon's place hosting 'Late Night,' on Feb. 24, when Fallon takes up the reigns on 'The Tonight Show.'

Jost was one of 'SNL's youngest writers ever when he joined the team at age 22, fresh out of Harvard, where he was the president of the Harvard Lampoon. He was later named head writer in 2012.

We've seen his work in some of 'SNL's recent standout bits, including the 'We Did Stop' music video with Miley Cyrus, the '50 Shades of Grey' screen test, and the cold-open skit with host Kerry Washington. He's also written for several Update favorites, including 'Drunk Uncle,' as well as 'The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party' (played by Strong.) Jost is the third consecutive head writer to step into the co-anchor role, following Tina Fey and Seth Meyers.

'Weekend Update' has proven to be a stepping-stone to success for several recent anchors. Since 2000, the segment has produced two late-night talk show hosts in Fallon and Meyers, and two TV/film stars in Fey and Amy Poehler.

Of the four of them, they have hosted the Emmys (Fallon,) the Golden Globes (Fey and Poehler,) and the White House Correspondents' Dinner (Meyers). So if tradition holds, Jost could have quite the bright future ahead of him.

- Saturday Night Live
- Colin Jost

Written by: Colleenhaha
Jan 23rd, 2014, 1:21 pm

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