Seth Meyers Is Taking Over for Jimmy Fallon on NBC's Late Night

NBC returned to the Saturday Night Live factory when shopping for its next late-night host. The network has officially named the sketch show's head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor as the lucky guy who gets to take over for Jimmy Fallon when Fallon departs for The Tonight Show in 2014. 

And now for the boring stuff! Meyers was rumored to be the frontrunner for Fallon's spot, so this news isn't exactly a surprise. Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels will executive-produce Late Night with Seth Meyers, and current Late Night with Jimmy Fallon producer Michael Shoemaker will stay on board for Meyers' version. 

Personally, I think Meyers will be a fine host even if he isn't the sexiest choice. He may not have the goofy boyish charm of Fallon, but his personality seems well-suited for hosting late-night talk shows. What do you think?


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Sheesh....because the last time NBC tapped a former SNL alum to take over the Tonight Show, it went so well..... I haven't been able to watch Late Night since Conan left. I tried with Fallon, I really did. The sad thing is without Max, Conan's new show isn't as good either.
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as long as it's not jay pharoah. he just gets on my nerves.
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I love Seth Meyers, great choice
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What's with all the white dudes?

I'd watch the shit out of a funny lady. Or if they insist on taking talent from SNL, why not Jay Pharoah? He rocks and is criminally underused.
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Thank you! That was the first thing I thought. Another white dude? Meh.
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Jimmy Fallon + The Tonight Show = complete train wreck
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i'll be happy as long as Stefon is a regular guest ...
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For me there is Craig Ferguson and then there is the rest of late night.
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SNL is not funny anymore!! Saying this guy is the head writer is not a compliment. Jimmy Fallon is funnier now than he was on SNL so maybe it will be the same for this guy... I barely care at this point. I watch Craig Ferguson so I'll get to see Fallon now.
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I love how we have to answer with the schmucky "ehh..." if we don't have strong feelings one way or the other.
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Seth Meyers is currently head writer for the worst run of SNL since Lorne was ousted in the early '80s, and his performance at the Weekend Update desk is awful - he just yells jokes and mangles punchlines all the time. It takes a whole week to come up with the mediocrity that is one night a week from Seth Meyers, how is that going to be better 5 nights a week? At least it should hopefully mean SNL gets loosened from his miserable grip though. Plus now Craig Ferguson can really shine as he spanks the timeslot silly.
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Oh please.

This is far from the worst run since the early 80s. We're only a few years from Emmy winning seasons. Each era of SNL is different and varies from person to person. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean someone else doesn't. I would hardly call a cast that includes Bill Hader and Andy Samberg. Seth may not be as good as Tina Fey at WU but he certainly was successful at it.
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Oh you're welcome.

Your whole response is blind fanboyism. This is the worst run since Denny Dillon and Charles Rocket's days, for some of the same reasons too: poor writing and directing, and a soft cast that doesn't gel together. The show has felt adrift, directionless, relying on repetition instead of jokes, going toothless on gags.

And how do you measure Meyers' turn at Weekend Update as successful? By the fact that the head writer hasn't lost that gig? That's not saying anything. He's abandoned the very pretense of WU, instead of telling jokes in a news setting he just tells news and pop culture-reference jokes, and he does so by yelling them loudly and giggling.
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Emmys do not equal awesome. I used to love SNL but it has lost its luster; it's just not funny anymore. and I'm not just talking about S. Meyers. sometimes they get it right but when it's wrong, it's really wrong. When they have great hosts and the chemistry is there, or the host can carry the bad jokes.. that's comedy. But it shouldn't need a good host to get it right. *sigh* I miss the 90's era and Will Ferrell and especially the 70's.
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They've never gotten it completely right all of the time. It's always been hot/cold; it's a 90 minute show of sketches with a different host every week. If it was as bad as you say then there wouldn't be so many popular things coming out of it: political sketches, digital shorts, Stefon, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Macgruber
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unless seriously desperate I will not watch a late night show. I will however when reasonably desperate check the clips from the late night shows on hulu, almost always avoiding interviews and just watching competitions involving celebrities or other odd things.
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Jay Pharoah is much funnier ..
they should consider a Black man or Female host for a change ..

but not a black woman , she will keep talking and snap her fingers all night long !
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As I said with Fallon, "Ehh, aight."
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He's no Conan (seriously, how could you let a catch like that walk), but he's all right.
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Conan doesn't get half the praise he should get. Clearly NBC should have kept him if they were going to repeat things a few years later. Conan>Jimmy
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Kimmel made the rather telling comment on Howard Stern that NBC (and all hosted shows) pay diddly squat in the beginning, so a newbie of sorts makes sense. Seth Myers is more of a piss take artist and backroom writer, neither features are going to be conducive to sucking up to guests and propping up the public who are used to fill out cheap time in the lame games. Fallon has been more accommodating to pad the cheese for the games/cabaret bits and more natural at sucking up to guests, as he's a nervy pleaser type in real life - just ask his sweat laden suits!
I'd imagine Craig Ferguson would've been a better pick with his coming from the UK variety, comedy show and theatre and movie heritage career path. But NBC w/couldn't steal him for what he'd want to have been paid.
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Late Night would be a lateral move for Ferguson.
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Exactly my point i.e. mucho deniro could of only tempted Ferg'y.
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No complaints. It's of course a little difficult to picture Seth lively taking the audience, but Jimmy was shaky in the beginning too, and eventually he found his style. I'm sure Seth develops his unique style too. There could have been many worse choices than him.

But we're still waiting for the next female late night host after Rivers.
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Ever heard of Chelsea Handler?
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Sure, but I don't consider her show belonging to the same category as the one-hour "Big Five" (Letterman, O'Brien, Kimmel, Ferguson, and Fallon). I guess I should have been more clear about what I meant. If I forgot to mention Chelsea Handler, then I guess I should have mentioned Kathy Griffin, Jenny McCarthy and Whitney Cummings, too.
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Well, she had an opportunity to join those guys but turned down an offer from ABC. Guess she thought cable was where the future was and where she had the best control. But she's far above the three you mentioned at the bottom. She continues to write best selling books and is a major public figure. I would consider her to be in the same category as the big five along with Stewart and Colbert.
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I like Seth. He did a really good job hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner a couple years ago. Actually, he seems more the Tonight Show Host type than Fallon, but I'm open to new things.
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Weekend Update really sux, and trying to extend that to a full monologue sounds like a disaster.
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I hadn't heard that being suggested. It's not like Jimmy Fallon's show is an extension of his days on Weekend Update.
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It's been rumored that he will try to adapt WU for the show in order to differentiate it from the also NY based Tonight.
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No, I'm just saying if you can't keep the funny going through WU, you haven't much hope maintaining humor through a full show.
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ultimately I don't care who hosts what, I only watch if I like the guests and then I only watch it when it's time for the guests, nothing before or after. Conan and Craig Ferguson are the best ones, and Craig's the only one I'd consider watching regardless of who the guest(s) is. but I don't think Seth Meyers will be that good, he is fine on his SNL Weekend Update portion, but more than that will probably be annoying. since they're putting Tonight Show in NYC, they should give Late Show to somebody in LA.
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I really don't understand this whole thing. Why does Jimmy Fallon have to move to another show that is pretty much the same thing as his current show? Why can't they just stop the tonight show or bring Seth for that? Also, I know many will disagree, but Seth Meyers is kind of annoying. Weekend updates is the one part of SNL that I do not like. It's only funny when he brings someone along with him...
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Oh I don't know... Prestige, ratings, money, viewers, money. Did I mention money?
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Actually Leno pulls in the most money and viewers (including youth). So NBC is pretty stupid.
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Of course he does. Leno has the 11:30 time slot, while Fallon is at 12:30. But Jimmy has a ton more young viewers, which he will presumably bring with him to his new time slot. NBC is actually doing something right. It's not rocket science.
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No disrespect but that's not true at all. Immediately after the move was made most sources pointed out how Leno had the highest youth viewership of all talk shows.
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NBC wants younger viewers. When Leno came back and replaced Conan, the median age for "Tonight" immediately jumped from 45 to 55.
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I've stopped watching all late night talk shows so I don't really care. Considering DVRs and what one can find on late night TV now there's little need for them anymore.
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I think Joel Mchale would have been a better choice, considering Community is always on the verge of cancellation. That would be a tough grind. Honestly where will Joel wind up in the future, a talk show or still acting?
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Joel McHale is not controllable, he's a loose cannon almost as much as Craig Ferguson is. NBC seems to want a tight leash on their talk show hosts these days, they came down hard on Jay Leno just for doing the same thing Carson used to - cheap shots at his own network when they were doing stupid public stuff.
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An interesting point well made. It is important to note that late night hosts have been doing that since Jay leno was almost replaced by Letterman (to keep him from going to CBS) back in 92. It's going to happen no matter what...
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That's fine. Now the question is who's going to be taking the Weekend Update spot?
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Maybe I'm going crazy, but I'd love to see Vanessa Bayer and Kenan Thompson co-anchor that. It sounds just crazy enough to work. Or maybe my brain is just crazy.
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Literally any of them but Keenan. That guy's awful. I can't think of any of the women who've been around long enough, but it would be nice to shuffle genders and keep that a thing.
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I'm thinking it will probably be a continuation of writers anchoring. So I think maybe John Mulaney or Michael Patrick O'Brien will get it. And I hope it will go back to co-anchors due to the fact that I thought that was more successful.
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This news makes me wonder what ever happened to Josh Meyers, his Madtv brother? Will he be part of Late Night (like Kimmel does with his relatives)?
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Now that we've gotten this out of the way, when can we finally replace Carson Daly with someone better? I think it's time to try building an audience at 12:35.
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I personally find Seth sexy. I quite like his New Englandness. He reminds me of a snarky Kennedy.
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Redundant "snarky Kennedy" is redundant. (Everything Teddy said for the past 30 years was snarky.)
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Not surprising. Although I do question whether his style of comedy will suit the show. He was terrible at doing sketches on SNL but did well as the head writer & WU anchor. And that doesn't give me much confidence about what he could do on the show. I suspect he'll find a way to adapt but at this point it's hard to see him doing anything but dry commentary on news (which can only go so far).
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I'm weirdly ok with this choice, even if its only that I can now watch Fallon and Ferguson back to back, I know I won't watch Meyers, I'm just happy he's leaving SNL, maybe they'll get Mulaney as head writer and Weekend Update anchor.
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That is a...fantastic idea! Love Mulaney.
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I pretty much see the end to the true quirky off the wall stuff for Late Night now. Seth Myers can write some stuff I guess but I don't see him being like all the predecesors. No one can touch Conan's old Late Night. It's all been screwed up by the late night wars and I blame Leno the most. Since Lorne Michaels will stay with Fallon, I'm hoping he's not watered down too much but to play to a bigger audience, I can't see him not doing so.
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It was the most obvious choice, and mostly because Seth Meyers does seem to "fit" the talk show host style. The people who like to watch NBC at 12:30 also wont seemingly have to make much of a transition from Fallon to Meyers. He wears a suit better than Fallon, that I can say. He'll probably do pretty well.
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Not the sexiest choice?! Speak for yourself, I can watch those dimpled smirks every night now. I can't wait!
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That seems like a logical choice for NBC.
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I like Seth Meyers, but I don't much care about late night television or the people who host it. So....this story ranks as "not terrible" news.
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Not the sexiest choice? Whaaaat.
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