More SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE news! (Not quite as fun, though.)


According to the New York TimesSNL is replacing anchor Cecily Strong at the “Weekend Update” desk with Michael Che. Colin Jost, who co-hosted with Strong after Seth Meyers’ departure last season, remains in the other chair.

I must admit I’m pretty disappointed in this news. I thought Strong was really coming into her own this past season. The idea that it was preventing her from appearing in other sketches surprises me, since she seemed to be playing a huge role throughout the show. Besides, I thought having a female voice in the segment really balanced the tone. However, this is not the place for idle speculation.

On the other hand, it will be great to see Michael Che get the spotlight every week. (Not to mention, it’s about time SNL had a person of color at the helm, at least at “Update.”) He’s been great on The Daily Show, and I can’t wait to see more of him on NBC. SNL is notoriously lacking in visible minorities as of late, so it’s nice to see that they’re trying to reverse that trend, at least a little.

What do you think of this news? Do you have high hopes for Che and Jost as a team? Are you going to miss Strong? Is this indicative of deeper issues over at SNL? (Does any of this really matter?)

Saturday Night Live debuts its 40th season, with Michael Che co-anchoring “Weekend Update,” on Sept. 27 at 11:30pm on NBC.


Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

One Response to More SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE news! (Not quite as fun, though.)

  1. Cassidy says:

    I… don’t get this. Just as Jost and Strong were starting to work well together, they take out the best out of the two? I don’t know.
    I felt like she appeared quite a bit in other sketches, but I guess she could’ve been more prominent.

    Excited to see Michael Che! And glad there will be a bit more minority representation come the premiere.

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