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Cecily Strong Poised to Take Over SNL‘s ‘Weekend Update’ (NY Mag / Vulture)
With SNL head writer Seth Meyers heading for Jimmy Fallon’s job in February, SNL‘s “Weekend Update” is missing its host. That gig is going to Cecily Strong, who joined the show last season and perhaps joined your life as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party. Strong will join Meyers on the desk during the Sept. 28 season premiere. NYT Lorne Michaels said his general plan was to have Strong share the “Update” desk with Meyers for the season’s initial shows and then segue into a solo role later, maybe in the first season — but maybe not. If possible, Michaels would like to see Meyers stay on “Weekend Update” even after he moves to Late Night, starting on Feb. 24. USA Today Meyers tweeted congrats to his new co-anchor Sunday night, saying he was “very excited,” adding, “As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With, it’s prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation.” Variety News of Strong’s move caps one of the busiest off-seasons ever for Michaels’ 39-year-old sketch comedy series. SNL cast members Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen left the series in May, making room for newcomers Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney and Brooks Wheelan, all of whom will join the cast this season.
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Don Pardo, the legendary NBC staff announcer, has been the Saturday Night Live voice for every season except one, since its debut in 1975.
So when Pardo, who turned 95 on February 22, is absent from the show, it’s news. He missed the February 16 broadcast, and the next live show, this past weekend.
TMZ reports that Pardo recently suffered a broken hip. The entertainment site says he’s recovering and “doing just fine.”
In an apparent attempt to keep Pardo’s injury hidden, his trademark opening credits were done by someone else in a poor version of a Pardo impression.
NBC has stayed quiet about Pardo’s condition and status with the show. FishbowlNY also attempted to reach Pardo directly.
Beginning two seasons ago, Pardo retired to Arizona, pre-recording the SNL work from his home studio.
We actually only saw the cold open of SNL last night, and were a bit disappointed by Sarah Palin‘s appearance — the Tina Fey walk-by just didn’t live up to…any hype actually. However! Turns out we missed the best part. The Sarah Palin Rap! Amy Poehler should maybe get some kind of record deal for this, but, moreover, turns out Sarah Palin is a great sport. Not necessarily the kind of sport you want a heartbeat away from the presidency, but still. It also bears noting this is a rap done by a very pregnant woman comedian about a female, mother of five, Vice-Presidential candidate. Just saying. Watch the rap below and the opener after the jump.