Michael Che replaces Cecily Strong on 'SNL Weekend Update'
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.