If you’re a fan of former Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Meyers, then this article is for you Junior Woodchuck! Via our Chuck Taylor footwear aficionados over at The Hollywood Reporter, the ever-popular Meyers has struck up a deal with NBC that will extend his contract for Late Night through 2025.
Meyers sailed into this new deal which will effectively carry him into his second decade (!) as host of one of the staples of NBC programming, Late Night. This is unique in the grand scheme of the late-night talk show circuit in that this new extension of his contract ties Meyers with David Letterman for the second-longest running hosting gig. Meyers famously took over Late Night back in 2014 from Jimmy Fallon. If all goes according to plan, by the time Meyers hits his expiration date in good ol’ 2025, he will have logged in with some 1,800 episodes of Late Night.
NBC exec’s made a point after the extension deal was finalized that the ratings performance of the show was especially impressive to them: Late Night currently ranks as number one in its 12:30am time slot in the ever-coveted 18-49 age demo.
In a press release, executive vice-president of late night programming at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Katie Hockmeyer said that “Seth is a rare talent who makes America laugh and think every night. His ‘Closer Look’ segments are classic combinations of comedy with commentary. Seth is a brilliant stand-up comedian, interviewer and political commentator. His voice matters now more than ever.”
So, how much does NBC love Seth Meyers? The above shower of good will is not merely more hyperbole by the NBC hype machine: Meyers and his producing chum Mike Shoemaker have also signed an overall deal for their production house Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions with Universal Studio Group which, like the Late Night extension, will run through 2025. The production shingle has already offered up such fare as Peacock’s A.P. Bio and The Amber Ruffin Show.
A hearty congratulations from Vents to Meyers on his very good Friday. Now get to work on new episodes, Seth!