updated 05/12/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/12/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
“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 Sunday.
“Since 1982, there have been three Late Night hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn’t be in better company,” executive producer of both Late Night and Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels said in the press release from NBC.
And Meyers didn’t waste any time before cracking a joke about his new gig: “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers said. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”