Michael Che replaces Cecily Strong on 'SNL Weekend Update'

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Michael Che replaces Cecily Strong on 'SNL Weekend Update'
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 26: Michael Che, the newest 'Daily Show' correspondent and rising stand-up comedian comes to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2014. Photos for a Weekend stage story about the Kennedy Center's new comedy programming. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0005 -- Pictured: Comedian Michael Che performs on February 28, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Comedian Michael Che performs during the Assembly Rooms Press Launch at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe on July 31, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Scott Campbell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Comedian Michael Che performs at 'Laugh More NYC' during New York City Comedy Week at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on November 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 24: Comedian Michael Che performs on stage during the Moontower Comedy Festival at the Paramount Theatre on April 24, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

By Elizabeth Wagmeister

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.

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.

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