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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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."

  • Nick

    This just makes me realize how great and comfortable the Leno/Fallon lineup is. Leno is great at The Tonight Show, and Fallon is remarkably incredible at Late Night. But Fallon at Tonight and Meyers at Late? Right now, I don’t have high expectations. This is not a change I’m looking forward to.

    I agree with some posters, they should’ve tried harder for a bigger name than Seth Meyers. I’m guessing they didn’t want anyone who was a bigger name than Fallon to host Late Night – after all, what would it look like if a big name like Jerry Seinfeld or Tina Fey, both who are arguably more popular, successful, and well-known than Fallon, was hosting the 12:30 show? This reason alone makes Meyers the perfect choice.

  • Brad

    Meyers will continue until January I was told.

  • Brad

    Told by Bill Carter that is in his recent article.

  • JS

    The ratings won’t be there because idiot NBC doesn’t realize that these guys alienate 3/4 of the nation- so the best they’ll do is .04 for Fallon and .03 for Meyers. 1/2 the nation won’t tune in because the two idiots are liberal morons. And 1/2 of the liberals won’t tune in because neither one of them has any comedic talent. NBC-as soon as they lose football- will be going out of business and it can’t happen soon enough. What a PATHETIC Network!

  • Frank

    Why should a known comedian (Louis, Seinfeld, Fey) take the Late Night spot? As long as Jimmy has success at 11:30 they would have no chance to get a better spot at NBC (and Jimmy is young enough to stay for more than 10 years on 11:30). There is no way a “big name” would take this spot without a good chance to promotion within the next dacade.

    Late Night should be the time for experimenting with someone new. I’m doubting Seth is really a good late night anchor nonetheless.

  • MichaelChickless

    When is Leno getting a new nightly show on FOX?

  • merrranga

    i love meyers but i’m afraid he’ll fail and all that will be accomplished is removing the last funny part from SNL.

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