'SNL's' 'Weekend Update' finds new co-anchor
September 16th, 2013
10:55 AM ET

'SNL's' 'Weekend Update' finds new co-anchor

With Seth Meyers preparing to leave "Saturday Night Live" next February to take over NBC's "Late Night," the long-standing sketch comedy is tapping fresh talent.

Seth Meyers gets 'Late Night' host gig

In order to ease the transition, particularly on Meyers' staple "Weekend Update" sketch, "SNL's" Lorne Michaels is eyeing Cecily Strong to fill Meyers' empty seat.

According to the New York Times, newcomer Strong, who just completed her first season with the show, will join Meyers as a co-anchor when the late-night program returns September 28.

For now, she'll partner with Meyers as a co-anchor, and potentially step out on her own after he leaves in February. Michaels isn't as firm on that - he told the NYT that he'd like Meyers to stay on for "Weekend Update" after leaving for "Late Night."

β€œCecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels said of his choice. β€œShe exploded.”

Meyers, for his part, has been welcoming to his new co-host: "Very excited about the new Weekend Update co-anchor, @cecilybecily!" he posted Sunday night.

Cecily's trying to stay positive: "Lets hope I make it through the first show without barfing or fainting!" she shared.

Filed under: Celebrities • Saturday Night Live • television

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  1. Meh


    September 18, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    I remember when SNL was relevant... if you record it you can see the whole program in 15 minutes by fast forwarding through all the commercials

    September 18, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ron Burgundy

    Why dont you hire me for Weekend Update? Ron Burgundy....there is no one else???

    September 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M.A.P.

    I know this may be off topic, but god I hate Robin Thicke. People say they feel Miley Cyrus was a bad influence on their little girls, but she was just dancing like most pop stars do now. Thicke's song, on the other hand has some very frightnening undertones and the lyrics are borderline on inciting se-xual abuse. Noone seems to mind when little boys are being encouraged to act like Mr Thicke (arrogant f-cktard that thinks everyone wants him), however just because Miley (a grown, independant woman, capable of making her own desicions) dances a little it's going "too far".

    September 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Mischief

      I completely agree with your statements about Robin Thicke-in-the-head. His song and its content makes my stomach squirm a little, and that people just shrug and accept it is worrisome. To that end, I don't think Miley Cyrus should be given a free pass either. Her song is a very bleak and unpleasant account of over partying and chemical dependency- 'dancing with Molly'- in which the singer 'can't stop'. To me, a party with young adults that are lying around drugged out of their mind and shivering is just as horrifying a message as a guy at a club trying to figure out if he can get some potentially unwanted action.

      September 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

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