When "Saturday Night Live" returns with its Chris Pratt-hosted season premiere, it'll feature a new addition to the "Weekend Update" desk.
The New York Times reports that veteran "SNL" cast member Cecily Strong has been replaced on "Weekend Update," though she's not leaving the show. In her place: Michael Che, an "SNL" writer since last season, will be joining the "Weekend Update" segment as Colin Jost's co-anchor.
Saying that "Update" struggled with identity issues following the transition from Seth Meyers to Jost and Strong last season, "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels acknowledged that "it's always difficult to make changes and make 'Update' different from what's gone before." But Michaels sounds optimistic given the close friendship Che, a "Daily Show" correspondent, developed with Jost in his time in the writers' room.
"Michael is a strong writer," he said, "and he's really funny."
You can see how funny Che is for yourself, as he guides you through the gentrification of New York's Lower East Side neighborhood in this MTV Other sketch:
"Saturday Night Live" returns on September 27.