This weekend ,Saturday Night Live will lose its longest serving Weekend Update host when Seth Meyers says his final goodbyes before leaving for Late Night. This weekend's Saturday Night Live with Melissa McCarthy will be Meyers' final appearance on the show. (Future cameos and hosting gigs not withstanding.)
Meyers let the news slip during an appearance on ESPN's Mike and Mike morning radio show. "It's going to be heartbreaking. I mean I've been there twelve and a half years," Meyers told the ESPN hosts. "Hosting the ESPYs a couple times I feel like I always made jokes about, like Farve not being able to decide when to retire," he said. "Now that I'm actually leaving a job I feel like I should write him a letter, like, 'dear sir, not that I'm parting ways with a job I adore...' So yeah, it's gonna be hard."
Presumably the formal announcement that gets picked up widely was supposed to happen on tonight's episode of Late Night when Seth sits with departing host Jimmy Fallon, who heads to The Tonight Show on February 17th. Meyers won't start hosting Late Night until after the Olympics, on February 24th, but he leaves SNL to handle the responsibilities of making a late night television show happen. Which is, you know, a lot.
After 13 seasons on SNL, Meyers will end his run as the second-longest serving cast member of all time behind Darrell Hammond, who holds the record with 14 seasons. Meyers will leave as the longest serving Weekend Update host of all time, besting Dennis Miller and Tina Fey. We are a little distraught thinking about a Seth-less SNL world, especially considering we thought he may stick around until March 1 when Colin Jost joins Weekend Update as his replacement.
Goodbye you sweet, smirking prince. We'll have more on Seth later this week.