NBC Names Seth Meyers as Host of 'Late Night' When Jimmy Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show' in 2014

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May 12th, 2013

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via press release:



NEW YORK - May 12, 2013 – NBC names the versatile Emmy-winning writer/performer Seth Meyers as the new host of "Late Night" when Jimmy Fallon moves to "The Tonight Show" in 2014.  Lorne Michaels will executive produce “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer.  “Late Night with Seth Meyers” will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

The announcement was made today by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

"We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. His years at SNL's ‘Weekend Update’ desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the ‘Late Night’ franchise,” said Greenblatt, “On behalf of Steve Burke, Ted Harbert and Paul Telegdy, we couldn’t be happier that Seth and Jimmy Fallon will be continuing their careers at NBC after growing up in this network's late night legacy."

“Since 1982, there have been three 'Late Night' hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn’t be in better company,” said Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of “Late Night.”

"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," said Meyers, “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate.  I hope I can do it justice."

Last fall Meyers returned for his twelfth season as a cast member, eighth season as head writer and seventh season as “Weekend Update” anchor. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. He was nominated in same category in 2012 for host Jason Segel’s monologue song.  Meyers has also garnered five additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer on SNL and the 2011 special “The Real Women of SNL.” Meyers has hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.

The premiere date for "Late Night with Seth Meyers" will be announced at a later date. Lorne Michaels is executive producer, Michael Shoemaker will act as producer. "Late Night" is a production of Universal Television in association with Broadway Video. NBC is America's Late Night leader with the number one-rated "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live."

  • Jeff (Canada)

    So once again we have a late-night duo where I’ll skip the 11:30 show and only watch the 12:30 show. It’s Leno/Conan all over again.

  • Alex

    Playing it a bit safe, but he’ll definitely do a fine job.


    so New York gets the Tonight Show and Late Night?? WOW didn’t expect that one

  • andy

    They will be critically loved, but the ratings won’t be there.

  • Gary Middleton

    So next week’s SNL finale will be a farewell to presumably quite a few people. Meyers, probably Sudeikis, maybe Armisen.

  • TV Addict

    Who will do weekend update? I guess Meyers could continue it, since that’s the only thing he does with SNL, acting wise.

  • Pat

    I hope Taran Killem gets Weekend Update

  • BB


  • Samuel

    Next week won’t be his last episode, he’ll be staying on SNL until the middle of next season.

  • k:Alex

    So, the NBC Studio Tour has finally something to show with SNL, News, Tonight and Late Night.

  • Aaron

    I wonder who’ll be taking over for Meyers on weekend update. Taran Killam might be a good choice.

  • joel

    Killam is too valuable in the skits. Probably someone who wouldn’t otherwise get much face time.

  • Ravenrei

    Nothing says you can’t be the Weekend Update anchor as well as act in the skits. I always figured Meyers only did WU because he’s been head writer for the past eight years. That kinda takes up all his free time.

  • Joseph

    I’m surprised “Late Night” is even staying on the air, with Seth Meyers.

    I expected that “Late Night” would have been cancelled upon Jimmy Fallon’s departure, with both the “Tonight Show” and Carson Daly’s “Last Call” each getting an additional half hour (so “Tonight” would have aired from 11:30 P.M.-1 A.M. ET/PT; and “Last Call” from 1 to 2 A.M. ET/PT).

    I’m also surprised Michael Shoemaker would stay on as producer. I thought he would have followed Fallon to “Tonight”.

    Within a year of Fallon’s arrival on “Tonight”, he’ll probably be competing against Craig Ferguson again. I expect David Letterman to retire by early 2015 and for CBS to move Ferguson up to 11:30, head-to-head against Fallon.


    He’s kinda ‘eh’…. Don’t think he’ll bring in the viewers. NBC should’ve got Tina Fey or possibly Jerry Seinfield. Idk, don’t think Seth has enough ‘star’ power to bring in the viewers..

  • Rob

    He’s barely watchable as News Update anchor for 10 minutes – I can’t imagine him hosting for an hour.

  • Gary Middleton

    Joseph, apparently they took the 90 minute Tonight option very seriously. But I don’t think it was ever realistic. In this era, it’s just too much for one guy to carry. It was tough for Johnny to carry 90 minutes and you should see how slow-paced those shows were.

  • Fake Me Out

    If the players involved could get their egos in check a funny bit would be for Leno to come on, push Meyers out of the WU chair and sit down with the line “Karmas a bitch”

  • TeeVeeViewer

    NBC continues their tradition of giving hopelessly unfunny people their own talk shows. Conan was and is still boring, Fallon is just plain awful, and Meyers’ stock in trade is reading snarky and humor-free comments from a Teleprompter. Yeah, I see viewers flocking to that snooze-fest.

  • Feedback

    They should have given it to Louie.

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