Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed to the New York Times.
Strong, who joined SNL at the start of last season, has made a name for herself with her Update segment “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” and her “glamorous” commercials with Vanessa Bayer for Moet and Hermes.
“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels told the Times. “She exploded.”
There has been a lot of speculation around the Weekend Update desk recently, since Meyers is leaving SNL soon to take over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night. It remains to be seen whether Strong earns the solo gig once Meyers exits.
Other news revealed in the NYT report includes the new castmembers — and one featured player who will be a writer full-time this season.
Tim Robinson will leave the cast to join the writing staff, while writer Mike O’Brien will become a castmember. Other additions: Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, and the lone new female comedian, Noël Wells.
Watch Strong talk about her SNL characters on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: