Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk is getting another makeover.
In its second iteration since Seth Meyers left the NBC sketch series last winter to host Late Night, Weekend Update as Season 40 opens will be cohosted by SNL scribe/sometime Daily Show correspondent Michael Che and… second-year newsreader Colin Jost.
“This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now,” SNL boss Lorne Michaels told the New York Times, which broke the news. “That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”
Also a stand-up comic, Che has been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch.”
Cecily Strong exiting Weekend Update will ostensibly allow her to appear in more sketches, Michaels told the paper.
Among SNL‘s other Season 40 changes, one-and-done players Brooks Wheelan, Nöel Wells and John Milhiser aren’t returning, Nick Rutherford and Alison Rich have joined the writing staff, and the show is expected to in some way pay tribute to longtime announcer Don Pardo, who passed away last month.
Parks and Rec cut-up Chris Pratt will host the Sept. 27 season opener, with musical guest Ariana Grande.