Live from New York, it’s not…Cecily Strong. The female ‘Weekend Update’ anchor has been replaced by newcomer Michael Che. Read on for more details on the latest ‘SNL’ casting shakeup!
Saturday Night Live is welcoming a new cast member, and he’s already lined up a pretty good gig! Michael Che is officially the new co-anchor for the “Weekend Update” segment, alongside Colin Jost, NBC confirmed. Cecily Strong will still remain as a series regular on SNL.
Michael Che Replaces Cecily Strong On ‘SNL: Weekend Update’
NBC confirmed the latest casting shakeup on Thursday, Sept. 11: Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong on “Weekend Update,” officially nabbing the role of Colin Jost‘s co-anchor.
“This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now,” executive produce Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. “That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”
Michael, 31, a New York-based stand-up comedian, joined SNL as a writer in 2013 ,and as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in June 2014. He is the first African-American “Weekend Update” co-anchor in the series’ history.
“Michael is a strong writer, and he’s really funny,” Lorne added. “It’s always difficult to make changes and make ‘Update’ different from what’s gone before.”
As for Cecily’s part on “Weekend Update,” Lorne said, “It struggled to find an identity last season…Because what had come before had been pretty brilliant.”
What came before, of course, was Seth Meyers who now hosts Late Night With Seth Meyers, which is also executive produced by Lorne. Interestingly enough, Michael was the first standup comedian to appear on Seth’s Late Night.
‘Weekend Update’: Colin Jost Remains As Co-Anchor
Michael worked closely in the SNL writers’ room with Colin, 32, who also serves as one of the show’s head writers. Colin succeeded Seth Meyers on “Weekend Update” halfway through Season 39 in March 2014, joining Cecily who worked as Seth’s coanchor from the start that same season.
After Season 39 wrapped, Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells and John Milhiser were all fired from the show.
Saturday Night Live Season 40 premieres on September 27 on NBC with Chris Pratt hosting and Ariana Grande, as the musical guest, as HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the new casting? Are you upset that Cecily was booted out from “Weekend Update” or do you think Michael was a good choice? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister