In hopes to address the lack of diversity, Saturday Night Live hired Sasheer Zamata, who became the first Black woman in six years to join the cast. Keeping the ball rolling, show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels then hired two Black female writers. Most recently, Michaels decided to shake things up again by selecting Michael Che to co-anchor the “Weekend Update” along side Colin Jost.
Che, a native New Yorker, will be replacing Cecily Strong. Che began SNL as a writer last season. The 31-year-old is best known for his role on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” He’s also appeared on Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.”
Thankful for his run on “The Daily Show” Che tweeted:
i wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a FANTASTIC time there. 1st class all the way
— Michael Che (@CheThinks) September 12, 2014
In a statement made to the New York Times SNL’s creator said, “Michael is a strong writer, and he’s really funny. It’s always difficult to make changes and make ‘Update’ different from what’s gone before.”
Thus far Che is the only new on-screen addition to SNL. Michaels hopes to add two more new players to the SNL roster, according to the New York Times.
SNL is slated to premiere Sept. 27th with Chris Pratt as the first host of the 40th year.