Seth Meyers Officially Named ‘Late Night’ Host: ‘I Hope I Can Do It Justice’

After weeks of speculation, NBC made things official on Sunday by confirming that Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers will be taking over Late Night once Jimmy Fallon begins The Tonight Show.

The new job will keep Meyers in the good company of Lorne Michaels, the big boss at SNL and the executive producer of Late Night. Michaels will also serve as executive producer for Fallon’s new gig.

“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,” NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said. [via Entertainment Weekly]

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

The 39-year-old joined SNL in 2001 as a cast member before he was promoted to writing supervisor in 2005. In 2006 Meyers became head writer following Tina Fey’s exit.

In early April, NBC confirmed that Fallon would succeed Jay Leno on The Tonight Show at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The show will also move back to its birthplace of New York City.

NBC has yet to announce the premiere date for Late Night with Seth Meyers. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

[Lead photo courtesy of Dana Edelson/NBC]