'Saturday Night Live' taps Michael Che for 'Weekend Update'

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TODAY — After 39 years, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update is getting its first black anchor, with Michael Che to take the seat next to Colin Jost when the show’s new season kicks off later this month.

Stand-up comic Che, 31, rejoins SNL following a brief stint at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where he was hired as a correspondent in April. Prior to that, Che contributed to SNL as a writer. On Weekend Update, he will replace Cecily Strong, who will stay on the show as a cast member.

“Michael is a strong writer, and he’s really funny,” show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. “It’s always difficult to make changes and make Update different from what’s gone before.”

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