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By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
After weeks of speculation, NBC officially anointed Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon as host of Late Night, the talk show that follows the Tonight Show at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT.
Saturday Night Live's head writer and Weekend Update anchor will transition to the talk show sometime next year, after Fallon takes over Tonight in late February. Late Night will remain based in New York, with Lorne Michaels as executive producer and Mike Shoemaker continuing as day-to-day producer.
"We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation," says NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenbatt in a statement, adding Meyers' 12 seasons on SNL "helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise."
Michaels says Meyers is in "good company" with the show's three previous hosts, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Fallon.
"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," Meyers joked. "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."