Less than five months after joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, comedian Michael Che is leaving his correspondent post at the critically acclaimed Comedy Central show—but it’s for a very good reason. The former Saturday Night Live scribe is headed back to Midtown Manhattan to become the newest Weekend Update anchor alongside Colin Jost, replacing Cecily Strong, who will remain a castmember. This will be Jost’s second year at the Weekend Update desk.
The quickly rising stand-up comedian took to Twitter to express his gratitude. “I wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this,” Che writes. “I had a fantastic time there. 1st class all the way.” Seth Meyers, who was the Weekend Update anchor from 2006 to February of this year, congratulated Che on his new job. “Congrats to @CheThinks on landing American’s best desk job,” Meyers tweeted. Che was the first comedian to perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this year.
The news of Che’s new post, reported first by The New York Times, comes as Saturday Night Live sees a lot of shuffling about. Nasim Pedrad has left to co-star on former SNL writer John Mulaney’s new Fox sitcom; featured players John Milhiser, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan were let go during the summer break. And new writers like Streeter Seidell (College Humor), Nick Rutherford, Natasha Rothwell, Alison Rich and Jeremy Beiler have been hired.
And there may be more changes coming to Saturday Night Live before it kicks off its 40th season on Sept. 27. Stay tuned! For now, check out Michael Che on the Aug. 26 episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.