A Third Longtime Cast Member (Not Jason Sudeikis!) May Not Be Back On SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE When It Returns This Fall!!
Showbiz 411 is reporting that longtime “Saturday Night Live” head writer and longtime Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is now the leading contender to permanently fill Regis Philbin’s old seat next to Kelly Ripa on the syndicated morning show “Live With Kelly.”
Former footballer Michael Strahan and recording artist Josh Groban are also considered likely hires, but Meyers is the frontrunner, according to the site's source.
ABC and Disney are expected to announce Ripa’s new co-host in September.
Meyers, 38, is the longest-tenured current SNL player, have joined the cast in 2001. He became the series’ co-head writer in 2006, and began his stint as Weekend Update anchor (initially alongside Amy Poehler) that same year.
Two other longtime SNL cast members, Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg, recently announced they won’t be returning to the show when it returns this fall. Jason Sudeikis, who starred in “Hall Pass,” “Horrible Bosses” and “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” in 2011, has long been rumored to be ready to put SNL behind him as well, though there’s still no word as to whether he’ll be back this fall or not.
A key question now is who will replace Meyers at the Update desk should he be tapped for the morning show. Jay Pharoah? Kate McKinnon? Nasim Pedrad? Fred Armisen has the most seniority after Meyers, followed by Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Sudeikis, Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan.
But relative newcomers Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam strike me as the obvious frontrunners for that job.
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July 5, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST
I love his Brad Pitt impression :)
July 5, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST
If Jason Sudeikis is waffling on staying with SNL, giving him one weekly bit to work on makes the most sense. If he does WU and is not the lead writer on it, that frees him up for movies, other TV appearances, and whatever else he'd like to do. It also keeps Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson and others doing the strong character work that the show needs from them. Jay Pharoah would be interesting -- and giving WU its first non-white anchor would grab some headlines and show that SNL is capable of progress -- but I think someone as relatively high-profile as Sudeikis makes the most sense.
July 5, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
ive tried for years to not see him as the child actor but he just never seemed in the same league as the rest of the talent. It would be exciting to see Seth leave, he's very solid at the news but i'd like a more personality-based news anchor (like Norm) rather than just a guy who is good at saying punchlines
July 5, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST
But it doesn't, so they won't.
July 5, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
RE: tylerzero - I always figured Fred Armisen was gay but I guess he's not?
July 5, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST
by Drunken Busboy
Still one of the best that ever was!
July 5, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
Really? That's the best you could get to take over one of the more prestigious daytime shows of all-time? Why not Chris Elliot? I'm sure he'd love to get the work, and he's way funnier than those three guys combined.
July 5, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST
bring back In Living Color and Mad TV
July 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST
Never liked him as the singular anchor. He may be a good writer, but I don't think he's that funny. If he get's the Kelly Lee Ripa gig, he should run with it while he can.
July 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST
WOW, PROFESSOR JACK...I DIDN'T WANT TO LIKE KENAN EITHER IN THE BEGINNING FOR THE SAME REASONS, BUT HE HAS GROWN INTO THE SHOW QUITE WELL, AND I ENJOY HIM A LOT NOW.
by Darth Busey
July 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST
He's the man for the Update desk - absolutely perfect for that gig.
July 5, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST
Don't get me wrong Herc, I actually enjoy and respect a lot of what you do here (& am slowly catching up on those KERN podcasts and liking your contributions), but seriously felt like I wanted to strangle you when I saw you put that lame joke (that almost came with its own implied, self-satisfied smirk) into LITERALLY EVERY ONE OF THE WEEKLY SNL EPISODE POSTS. :p lol
July 5, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST
July 5, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST
...usually doesn't do anything else on the show. Sometimes a bit player in a sketch, but but typicaally not even that. It's been that way since at least the Dennis Miller years.
July 5, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
by Uncle Pooky
July 5, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Sudekis or Hader would be fun too (but not if its means no more Stefon). No one else in the current cast seems like they'd bring much to it. Armisen and Kenan don't need anymore screen time, they get enough by doing shitty impressions of any minority celebrity, and the rest of the cast seems pretty bland.
July 5, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
He'll be buried entertaining housewives and the elderly. It bothers me to know he'd be making money, but at least I won't be seeing him.
July 5, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
To your point, I think the guys who are tagged for update are also generally not great sketch performers, which is why they ended up liking the spot (Fey and Meyers have said as much, Norm and Miller also strike me as being not great sketch guys). When it's had guys like Nealon, Fallon, Poehler doing it, they all still had pretty a pretty large presence during the show as well.
July 5, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST
You can't! He went to the dark side 11 years ago and is no longer funny!
July 5, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
...SNL is dead to me. Seth is great on weekend update which is my favorite part of the show! Sudekis is also a fave! Maybe they can have Abbey do nudes? Then I'll never miss an episode! :-)
July 5, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
You may have to actually strangle me to get me to stop. I continue to like the talkback "poll" for two reasons: 1) It reminds everybody that if SNL ever stopped being funny, it didn't stop for long; and 2) It gives me an excuse to post great old SNL sketches. I eagerly anticipate your hands around my neck.
July 5, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST
They don't use him on the show anyway, might as well give him a chance to do something on a regular basis. Besides his Denzel impersonations and that old principal, what else do he do regularly?
July 5, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST
I cant stand that guy, hes not funny, he drags down every sketch hes in, and I dont think I have laughed at a single thing hes done.
July 5, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
Anyone who remembers him from VH1's "I Love the ..." series knows he can do "Weekend Update." Also, I think he already writes some of the "Weekend Update" jokes, as well as the Stefan bits. (Though it's really Bill Hader's delivery that makes it so funny.)
July 5, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST
by Tar Heel
But only in character. Some of the best Weekend Update moments were played straight instead of as standup routines with a nudge-nudge, wink-wink air about them.
July 5, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST
Yeah, good point.
July 5, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST
I don't care who sits behind the WU desk mid-show every week, but dumping Meyers from the Head Writer's post is the best move Lorne could make. Meyers' frat boy level jokes and meandering sketches have been dragging the show down ever since Tina left. And while SNL has relied on TV program parodies since 1975, that seems to be Meyers' almost constant theme. --- It's time again for the Blah Blah Blah Show! Jesus! The guy couldn't write a situational sketch or blackout joke if his life depended on it. Samburg's Digital Shorts displayed more consistent originality in three minutes than Meyers could summon up in the remaining 87. Glad to see him fester in the bowels of daytime chat shows... There still is an ounce of justice out ther in TVLand. This is a cause for celebration; fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air...
July 5, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST
Just keep Sudeikis around to do Romney and WU, kind of like Norm with Dole.
July 5, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST
He'd be perfect. Taran would be good behind the desk, but not at the expense of being in sketches which he has quickly risen to Hader and Sudekis levels. I hope we don't lose Sudekis just yet, and the whenever Hader decides it's time, it will be a sad day at SNL.
July 6, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST
It says in the article that if Meyers gets the job he will step down as head writer at SNL but will continue to do Weekend Update, so why are trying to predict who is going to take the job he's not leaving?
July 6, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST
July 6, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST
In living color is coming back...
July 6, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST
Fred Armisen is funny as hell. I like the idea of Jay Pahroah having a weekly segment but his impersonations are his strong point. If they replace Seth at weekend update bring in a writer or someone new. Norm was my all time favorite. How the hell did Dennis Miller become Bill O Rielly's opening act? Damn did his career fall flat. Dennis Miller is rumored to be an ass to people, I don't like how he is a conservative now (I think he is cool on the gays and pro choice, so is he really conservative?) anyway in Bill Carters Late Night book it asserts some producer thought Miller was a dick, and I heard that from a few other sources. I am saying even no matter what his politics Miller is said to be difficult. Everybody wants to rule the world
July 6, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST
What would our favorite city correspondent do without the man built by gay scientists?
July 6, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST
politics aside, watch his last stand-up special. Its terrible. He's reading off a teleprompter, he doesn't care about making the audience laugh. He is just explaining his beliefs of conservatism with social liberalism like that alone should be the most interesting thing in the world. I heard an interview with Ron White where he said that it was horrible too.
July 6, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST
Not to compare him to Letterman, but he didn't work in daytime either.
July 6, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST
also bring back whitest kids you know
July 6, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST
Weekend Update works so much better w/ 2 @ anchors; case in point - Seth Meyers. I don't dislike him, but he was much better w/ Poehler at his side...
July 6, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Nothing personal, but I hate her face.
July 6, 2012, 9 a.m. CST
Just a feeling, but I think he could really run with it.
July 6, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
I don't know which is better: How hilarious I find that character, or how Hader can't keep a straight face while playing it
July 6, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
Bill Hader already has enough to do, being the funniest member left who gives a shit. Sudeikis won't care about next year at all now that he has a few movies coming out and knows he's leaving. Hader is the most versatile cast member in years who hasn't worn thin because he doesn't do the same thing every damn time in every sketch. To make him do everything he does each week, plus Update, is too much. If I had my way, I'd give every vote to John Mulaney. His stand-up is ridiculous.
July 6, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST
The show survives on nostalgia alone.
July 6, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
July 6, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST
The show is doing just fine without you. You people are truly just weird. I don't watch this show! It sucks! How do I know I don't like it? No idea, but it's fun to go along with the crowd and not have to come up with my own opinion!
July 6, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST
The Whatsup With That guy and the Scared Straight guy, and he can handle a lot of dialogue without a)cracking up or b) stare directly at the cue cards. And who else will do the black-guy-with-bulging-eyes-in-surprise routine? Oh yea, Jay Pharoah will....
July 6, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST
It's too bad DM painted himself into a political corner. I can't stand to listen to him anymore.
July 6, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST
by Arcadian Del Sol
July 6, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST
He's had a lot of funny bits over the years. Whats Up With That alone made his tenure worth it
July 6, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
In terms of ratings, SNL beats everything in late night, almost everything in primetime and every scripted show on NBC's primetime grid. Kindly ignore SNL (which has never mounted an unfunny season under Lorne Michaels) and save your advice for sketch shows with much smaller audiences. "Tim & Eric" and "Key & Peele" are perhaps among those still in production. Fax Bahr and Adam Small, the writer-producers behind "Mad TV," "House of "Buggin'," "In Living Color," "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment," and "Blue Collar TV," probably have another sketch show in the works. You should give them your advice; that way they'll be careful not to hire the wildly successful Lorne Michaels.
July 7, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST
July 7, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
SNL has been offering a lot of departed castmembers to return for cameos, such as Poehler, Fey, Rudolph, Sanz, and...
...maybe Samberg can still make the odd Digital Short, and Wiig can return for some of her signature stuff, like "Secret Word", and the Lawrence Welk skit. Even Will Forte returns here & there to do the "ESPN Classic" segments (as do outside celebs, like Tom Hanks & Carmelo Anthony)
July 8, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST
by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother
should be someone new, from outside the festering cast. It's also probably way more important to the show than whoever the next smarmy talking face will be on Weekend Update. People tuned in to watch Kevin Nealon talk. That proves anyone can do it. With the exception of some great TV show cameos, Samburg won't be doing anything worth mentioning. It's looking like he will die on the vine once he leaves SNL. He's signing on to some truly horrible shit in Hollywood. Throwing down with Adam Sandler never made anyone's career, aside from Rob Schneider (if you can call that a career). The trailer for that romcom that he's doing with Rashida Jones gave me hives. Is Armisson just hanging around to keep dating Abby Elliot? If he put 100% into Portlandia, it could actually be consistently funny. Please please hire someone from outside the show to be head writer...
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