‘SNL’ Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che as Head Writers
SNL may be in for some changes at the Weekend Update desk, but it’s not what you think – yet. Anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will be doubling up on their responsibilities as two of SNL’s new head writers.
NBC confirms that Jost and Che have been named head writers for Season 43, alongside current heads Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker. The four replace Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, who left to pursue their own series at Comedy Central. Additionally, Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie have been named writing supervisors.
Jost and Che’s ascension isn’t mean to signal any change to the Weekend Update desk, which the two have manned since 2014. That said, Jost actually served as head writer before, beginning in 2012, but stepped down in 2015 to concentrate on his Weekend Update duties. He and Che also took Weekend Update on the road, both for segments at the Republican and Democratic conventions, and a series of half-hour episodes this past summer.
In the meantime, SNL will close out its banner 2017 with Kevin Hart and Foo Fighters this weekend, though no 2018 hosts have yet been named. Stay tuned for any further news on Weekend Update or Jost and Che’s promotion in the meantime.
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