When longtime Weekend Update host Seth Meyers departs Saturday Night Live for Late Night, producer Lorne Michaels has decided to appoint someone from behind-the-scenes as his successor: writer Colin Jost.
The New York Times' Bill Carter and The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg both broke the news of Jost's ascension from the writing desk to on-camera work today. He starts on March 1, when Meyers will finally decamp to work on Late Night full time. That means the Seth Meyers Farewell Tour begins this weekend with Jonah Hill's hosting gig. Expect cameos. (Please, please, please give us one more...Stefon appearance.)
The decision to move Jost into Meyer's seat keeps Weekend Update fully staffed. Before Cecily Strong began co-hosting at the beginning of this season, Meyers manned the desk alone once Amy Poehler left the show. Jost and Strong will be the most inexperienced Weekend Update team in nearly a decade. We can't wait.
Jost has worked as one of Saturday Night Live's co-head writers since 2012. (The other is Rob Klein, who will remain behind the curtain.) He joined the writing staff in 2005, and has earned a pile of awards for his work on SNL, including three WGA Awards, a Peabody Award and eight Emmy nominations. (Those damn elusive Emmys!) Jost only recently made his television debut performing some stand-up on, where else, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: