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A little over a month after NBC announced late night host Jimmy Fallon will take over for The Tonight Show in 2014, the network has found Fallon’s official replacement. On Sunday, NBC announced the network has signed on veteran SNL writer and player Seth Meyers to run the 12:35 a.m. program on NBC. Meyers will stick with the same show name as Fallon, just tweaking it in his favor, and the show will soon be called Late Night with Seth Meyers.
NBC’s announcement is not a particular surprise. Ever since The Tonight Show changeover was hinted at, Meyers’ name was at the top of the pile when it came to who would take over for Fallon. Way back in March, that rumor was already wafting around, and it turns out that this is going to be one of the times that a rumor holds true. Meyers confirmed the news via his Twitter account this morning.
“So, next year I'm going to do this [Late Night With Seth Meyers]. Thanks to NBC, Lorne, but especially Mom.”
The real surprise, though, is that Lorne Michaels will not be following Fallon to The Tonight Show. NBC said in a statement that veteran producer Michael Shoemaker will stick with The Tonight Show as a producer and Michaels will stay on Late Night to usher Meyers' show into a new era of late night talk. It would have been awesome to see what Michaels could do with The Tonight Show, but working with Meyers could even be more fun than working with Fallon, although it will probably be a little less zany.
Like Fallon’s big move, Late Night with Seth Meyers will hit the schedule in 2014. This will give Saturday Night Live at least a few months to find a “Weekend Update” replacement, although most SNL fans should be sad to see Meyers go.