After a decade on Saturday Night Live (SNL), current head writer, Seth Meyers, joined by previous Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, says goodbye to the cast, crew, and audience as he wraps up his final show. The night is bittersweet as Seth leaves the sketch-comedy show to take over Late Night when Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.
As hosts shuffle, and shows go through major changes, Seth Meyers and the current SNL staff are joined by past stars of the show who make an appearance for Seth’s final Weekend Update. For years, Seth and Amy gave the SNL audience the news in funny and unexpected ways at the desk that Seth has most recently shared with Cecily Strong.
The original Weekend Update was created by Chevy Chase and SNL writer, Herb Sargent, and debuted in the first broadcast of the show with Mr. Chase behind the desk. With lines like, “I’m Chevy Chase…and you’re not,” and his regular sign-off, “That’s the news. Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow,” the segment gained popularity. Over the years, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, and Colin Quinn held down Weekend Update alone.
In 2000, Jimmy Fallon and Tiny Fey introduced the first duo to anchor the weekly news portion of the show. After four years, Amy Poehler replaced Jimmy Fallon when he left the desk, and SNL altogether. Amy, along side Tina Fey, brought the Weekend Update segment to the forefront of entertainment. When Tina left SNL, Seth Meyers stepped up, and then when Amy left, Seth took the segment back to its original setup: the solo anchor.
Now, as Seth Meyers leaves SNL, the final Weekend Update could not go on without Amy Poehler sitting beside him, joining in on the offbeat newscast. In addition to Amy, other past members of the show made a cameo for Seth’s goodbye. Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader (as Stefon) appeared at the Weekend Update desk with Seth and Cecily for their final news stories together. Seth delivered a joke about marijuana as his final story, and proceeded to express gratitude for his time on the show, for creator Lorne Michaels, and “especially for the writers.”
As he departs, Seth’s reason for leaving is not the typical scripted film or television career path that most former SNL cast members choose. Instead, Seth will be taking over Late Night as current host, Jimmy Fallon, moves into The Tonight Show time slot, replacing long-time host, Jay Leno. Not known for being the guy who needs the spotlight, onlookers believe that Seth Meyers will excel at interviewing top stars who appear on Late Night and at carrying a smart approach to late-night entertainment. Many of the jokes and sketch ideas that SNL fans love and appreciate started in the mind of Seth Meyers.
As he departs SNL, with the help of Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers’ final Weekend Update brings laughter and tears to the cast, crew, and devoted audience. Joined by host, Melissa McCarthy, and musical guest, Imagine Dragons, Seth’s last show makes a mark on television. According to the Huffington Post, the newly available spot on Weekend Update will belong to another head writer, this time Colin Jost, set to join Cecily Strong at the desk on March 1.
By K. Corrine Van Vliet