If you're a fan of Saturday Night Live, then you've probably heard the buzz about Lorne Michaels potentially stepping down from his role as creator and big boss of the show. The conversation surrounding who could possibly take over has been ongoing, with many names being thrown into the mix.
One of those names is SNL veteran Seth Meyers, who has been a prominent figure on the show for years, serving as head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor for roughly half of his time there. However, Meyers himself has recently taken himself out of the running for the job, stating that while he is "flattered" to be considered, it simply isn't for him. He currently hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, which is already a huge responsibility. Running SNL, a show that has been on the air for over 45 years, would be an even bigger undertaking.
But it's not just the size of the job that has Meyers hesitant. He also recognizes that Lorne Michaels is irreplaceable. "I really think everybody underestimates the idea that Lorne Michaels might just be irreplaceable," Meyers said in a recent interview with Deadline. "The people who love that show the most…there is a consistency to the taste and tone of that show that I don’t think another person could replicate."
And it's true, how could anyone fill Michaels' shoes? He's been the mastermind behind SNL since its inception. The man is an icon. As Meyers put it, "if you take over for an icon, you don’t get to be an icon." Michaels has been a staple of the show for so long that it's impossible to imagine SNL without him. While Meyers has bowed out, there are still plenty of other people who could step up to the plate if Michaels does decide to step down. It's a big decision for him to make, but at this point, it seems like he's leaning towards leaving after SNL's 50th season in 2024. Until then, we'll just have to enjoy the sketches and laughs that SNL continues to bring us.