Move over Seth Meyers! No, seriously, move over. You need to make room for a second chair at the “Weekend Update” desk. Sophomore Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong has been tapped to co-anchor the long-running segment with Seth Meyers.
Meyers will depart from his full-time position at SNL in February when he takes over hosting duties on NBC’s Late Night from Jimmy Fallon, who will become the next host of The Tonight Show. Lorne Michaels plans on beginning with Strong co-anchoring alongside Meyers at the start of the season. Strong may eventually go solo or Meyers may remain on the show as co-anchor.
This won’t be her first stint on “Weekend Update”. Throughout last season, she made several appearances as her recurring character, The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party, to much acclaim.
This will only be her second season on the famed sketch comedy show. But Michaels said, of Strong, “From the first show, [she] was right there. She exploded.” The “Weekend Update” desk has been a launch pad for many SNL alumni in the last decade, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jimmy Fallon. The selection demonstrates the show’s confidence in the young actress.
Watch the new Cecily Strong/Seth Meyers “Weekend Update” team on Saturday, September 28 at 11:00pm EST with guest host Tina Fey!