'SNL' Hires Michael Che as First Black 'Weekend Update' Anchor

by Jackie Willis 3:34 AM PDT, September 12, 2014
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart fans may find that Saturday Night Live's new Weekend Update anchor looks familiar.

Comedian Michael Che will be replacing Cecily Strong, who will remain as a cast member on SNL, and joining Colin Jost at the desk when season 40 begins on Sept. 27. 

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Che joined SNL as a writer this past year, and will be leaving The Daily Show after just three months on the job, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The funnyman thanked The Daily Show via Twitter on Thursday night, Sept. 11, writing: "I wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a FANTASTIC time there. 1st class all the way."

In addition to these impressive accolades, the comedian has performed stand-up on Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Late Show With David Letterman. He also had his comedy on a special The Half Hour aired on Comedy Central

The funnyman will make history when he takes a seat at the Weekend Update desk, as he will be the first black person ever to anchor the broadcast. 

SNL returns with a new season Sept. 27 with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande.

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