New host takes over when Fallon moves in on Jay Leno’s spot next year
In April, NBC finally confirmed what the entire world probably knew already: Jimmy Fallon would replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, which meant Fallon’s Late Night spot was up for grabs.The network has just confirmed that Seth Meyers will be taking over, People magazine reports.
This too was one of the most circulated rumors in the industry, so the announcement doesn’t exactly come as a shock.
“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,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt says.
“Since 1982, there have been three Late Night hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn't be in better company,” executive producer of both Late Night and Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels adds.
The switch will happen in spring next year.