"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," Meyers, who has starred on SNL for 12 seasons, joked in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
"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."
According to The New York Times, Meyers will continue to appear on SNL until he takes over Late Night. "I don't want to make any broad pronouncements about how the show is going to be, whether it's going to be the same or different," Meyers said of taking over Fallon's show. "But I have to draw on my background in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and try to find some mix of that."
NBC confirmed reports on April 3 that Fallon, 38, would be replacing Jay Leno, 63, as the host of The Tonight Show. "Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said in a statement. "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy."