The Word: Seth Meyers of ‘SNL’ to replace Jimmy Fallon on ‘Late Night’

Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night" next season.  Credit: NBC / Contributed
Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon on “Late Night” next season.
Credit: NBC / Contributed

“SNL” star and head writer Seth Meyers has been tapped to take over Jimmy Fallon’s spot on “Late Night,” NBC announced today. Meyers will begin at the 12:35 a.m. time slot next year when current host Jimmy Fallon moves to “The Tonight Show.”

“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “His years at ‘SNL’‘s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the ‘Late Night’ franchise.”

True cause of guitarist’s death revealed

When famed guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer died last week, many reported he succumbed to a flesh-eating bacteria he contracted through a spider bite years earlier. It seemed sort of right that necrotizing fasciitis would be his downfall; it just sounded so epically metal. (Not mention that Necrotizing Fasciitis would be a sick name for a metal band.) But, sadly, it was not the case. In a statement, the remaining members of Slayer said that Hanneman’s death at the age of 49 was from  alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.

“While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life,” the band said in a statement posted on its website.

What you won’t see on TV this fall

In case you missed it, a lot of shows were axed by the big “alphabet” networks on Friday.

NBC gave word that “The New Normal,” “1600 Penn,”” Guys With Kids,” “Up All Night,”  “Whitney,” “Smash,” “Go On,”  “Rock Center,” and  “Deception” are no longer. CBS canned “CSI: New York” along with long-running comedy “Rules of Engagement.” ABC canceled  “Happy Endings,” “Malibu Country,” “How To Live With Your Parents,” “Body of Proof,” “Red Widow” and “Family Tools.”


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