As rumored and conjectured, Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers will indeed take over Late Night after Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show. The news was confirmed this weekend by NBC and Meyers, who told the New York Times "Working at 'SNL' requires 100 percent of your mental capacity — on easy weeks. And so I had not really spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do next. Obviously I can't quit Lorne [Michaels]. So this seems like a pretty good deal that I have an opportunity to keep working with him." According to Lorne — who'll now be executive producing Late Night and Tonight (plus, of course, SNL — the NBC after-hours trifecta) — the decision to hire Meyers came with "complete agreement [at NBC] the only name that kept coming up was Seth."
Right now, the conversation about The Tonight Show’s succession plans seems to be taking Jimmy Fallon's takeover as a sure thing: Most of the talk is about when, not if, Jimmy takes Leno's seat and brings it back to dirty, sweaty, pretzel-ridden New York City. And while Jay and Jimmy make fun of NBC about the whole thing, the analysts weigh in about why it's happening (younger audiences! tax breaks!) But in all that hullabaloo, we've lost sight on one very important thing: Who's gonna host Late Night, a.k.a. the one NBC talk show that's actually been consistently watchable and sometimes pretty damn great over the last 20 years?
Yes! As that (hopefully) informative headline suggests, Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers is considered the favorite to replace Regis Philbin, who retired last November, as Kelly Ripa's co-host on the morning talk-show institution Live! this fall. And it gets weirder: Showbiz411 reports that if Meyers were to get the gig, he'd have to triumph over both NFLer turned TV personality Michael Strahan and elder-lady-beloved crooner Josh Groban. What a lineup.