SNL creator Lorne Michaels tells the New York Times that writer Michael Che will take over the Weekend Update desk alongside head writer and cast member Colin Jost. Che will be the first black Update host in the show's history.
Strong, who hosted the segment for one season, will remain a regular cast member.
The Times reports:
"[Weekend Update] struggled to find an identity last season," Mr. Michaels said. "Because what had come before had been pretty brilliant." (Mr. Meyers left to host NBC's "Late Night" program, which Mr. Michaels also produces.)
"This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now," Mr. Michaels said. "That's why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out." For the first time, the 'Weekend Update" segment will have two men at the anchor desk.
Mr. Michaels reasserted his confidence in Ms. Strong as one of the show's best players and said the move would give her the opportunity to appear more frequently in sketches this season, a move Ms. Strong herself had asked for.
Che—who has also appeared on the Daily Show as a correspondent—apparently got the job after striking up a friendship with Jost in the writers' room.