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Colin Jost tabbed to succeed Seth Meyers as 'SNL' Weekend Update co-anchor

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You might have been wondering whether anyone will be stepping in to co-host Weekend Update when Seth Meyers leaves Saturday Night Live to take over Late Night. Tuesday brought an answer to that question, as head writer Colin Jost has been named Meyers' successor for the job.

Though SNL audiences likely aren't familiar with Jost, he's been working behind the scenes for several years. Shortly after graduating from Harvard (where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon), Jost joined the show as a writer in 2005 and was named co-head writer in 2012. Altogether, Jost has shared seven Emmy nominations with the SNL writing team.

He will join cast member Cecily Strong, who started out at the news desk alongside Meyers at the beginning of this season, on March 1 during the first episode to air after the Sochi Olympics. Meyers, meanwhile, will bid a fond farewell to SNL on Feb. 1.

Jost has appeared in two sketches on the show in his time there and has also performed stand-up on assorted comedy shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Aside from his head writing duties, his other major project is the autobiographical film Staten Island Summer, which he wrote. The movie stars Ashley Greene, Gina Gershon, Jim Gaffigan, and current SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan.

Buzzfeed, for one, gave the decision a big thumbs-up and even put together a little primer for getting to know Jost, including a selection of some of his tweets. Perhaps a preview of the kinds of one-liners we might be able to expect?


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