‘SNL’ Hires 6 new cast members, Strong to co-host “Weekend Update”

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SNL’s Lorne Michaels is eyeing Cecily Strong to fill Seth Meyers’ empty seat on the “Weekend Update” sketch. According to the New York Times, newcomer Strong, who just completed her first season with the show, will join Meyers as a co-anchor when the late-night program returns September 28.

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(KTVI) –  It’s official: Saturday Night Live has announed the addition of six new cast members.

The long-running comedy show made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday.   Joining the cast are Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells & Brooks Wheelan.

There is also a new co-anchor for “Weekend Update” this season.  Cecily Strong has been picked for the part.  According to CNN, for now, she’ll partner with Seth Meyers as a co-anchor, and potentially step out on her own after he leaves the show in February. Michaels isn’t as firm on that — he told the NYT that he’d like Meyers to stay on for “Weekend Update” after leaving for “Late Night.”

“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels said of his choice. “She exploded.”

Meyers, for his part, has been welcoming to his new co-host: “Very excited about the new Weekend Update co-anchor, @cecilybecily!” he posted Sunday night.

Cecily’s trying to stay positive: “Lets hope I make it through the first show without barfing or fainting!” she shared.

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