Saturday Night Live has found a new co-anchor for “Weekend Update,” a veteran in news satire.
The Daily Show correspondent Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong for the show’s upcoming 40th season, EW has confirmed. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels broke the news in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday. The 31-year-old comedian, who wrote for the show last season, joins co-anchor Colin Jost. Strong, meanwhile, will remain on the show as a regular cast member.
Jost took over for Seth Meyers in February after the longtime anchor announced he was leaving the show to host NBC’s Late Night. This marks the first time the segment will be hosted by two men.
“This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now,” Michaels told The Times. “That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”
SNL returns Sept. 27, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande.