Seth Myers rumored to replace Jimmy Fallon on late night show

A source told the New York Post that Lorne Michaels considered the "SNL" writer in addition to Tina Fey

By Prachi Gupta

Published March 22, 2013 4:20PM (EDT)


After the New York Times reported that Jimmy Fallon is to replace Jay Leno on NBC's flagship late night talk show (which is now moving to New York), the entertainment industry has been wondering who will take Fallon's place. Names that have come up so far include Seth Myers and Tina Fey.

From the New York Post:

"we’re told that “Saturday Night Live” head writer and 'Weekend Update' host Seth Meyers will move into Fallon’s late-night slot. A source told us, 'Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Fey’s name had also come up, but she has said she was too busy to do it.' "

In July, Myers turned down the opportunity to leave "SNL" to co-host "Live with Kelly!" saying that "right now" he was "really in love with the job I have." He told the South Florida Sentinel, “I know [Regis’ replacement] is a very important thing down there," he added. "But, right now, what I would say to you: I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to SNL] for the election season, which is always fun.”

Assuming that the Post's source is correct, then hosting a late night show, one of the most coveted jobs for a comedian, could be enough to lure Myers from his perch at "SNL."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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