One of the head writers on 'Saturday Night Live,' Jost will host the show's 'Weekend Update' segment with Cecily Strong
As Seth Meyers readies himself to assume his seat at the Late Night desk next month, the departing Saturday Night Live regular has left some important gaps on the show that need filling. One of these gaps is on the anchor's chair for the show's 'Weekend Update,' a gap that SNL executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels has managed to get sorted out already.
Jost has worked on SNL for almost a decade
Head writer and some-time performer Colin Jost is due to assume Meyer's place on the Weekend Update hot seat, beside current anchor Cecily Strong, who began her stint as co-anchor at the start of the current season. The move will take place next month, when Meyers finally jumps ship and takes over from Jimmy Kimmel on NBC's Late Night.
Jost has been a regular contributor to the SNL team for some time and has served as head writer for the Weekend Update segment for some time also. He will step up to the Weekend Update table the week after Meyers departs for Late Night, which is due to commence on the weekend after Super Bowl weekend (1-2 Feb.). Meyer's last show will be the SNL airing on 1 February, which will be hosted by Melissa McCarthy.
The SNL team tweeted the news of Jost's succession to the Weekend Update table earlier this week, tweeting; “Big congrats to our head writer, @TheColinJost, who will join @cecilybecily at the @SNLUpdate desk as @sethmeyers’ successor!! #SNL.”
Jost has been a part of the SNL team since 2005, when he joined at the age of 22. He became head writer for the show in 2012 and over the course of his time with the show he has been decorated numerous times for his writing. He was awarded the Peabody Award in 2009 and has so far won three Writers Guild Awards, in addition to being nominated for seven Emmy awards for his work on the show.
Meyers is leaving for bigger and better things