New 'Weekend Update' Anchor Colin Jost Says Hosting Was Dream Job (Video)
His "Saturday Night Live" cohort Cecily Strong joins him on "Today" to talk about practicing their fake-news delivery skills and carrying on the show's legacy.
Saturday Night Live's new "Weekend Update" team, Colin Jost and Cecily Strong, sat down together on Thursday's Today show, revealing how they've prepared for their debut on this week's SNL, and how they feel about carrying on the legacy of the show's long-running segment.
While Strong has been co-anchoring "Update" since the fall alongside Seth Meyers, who's now departed the anchor chair to host NBC's Late Night, Jost is the co-head writer of the show, but is now moving in front of the camera, telling Matt Lauer that hosting update was a dream job.
"It was. It was something I really -- I didn't know it was always possible -- and really had on my mind as like the thing I would want to do," he said.
When asked whether he intentionally sabotaged Seth Meyers by giving him bad jokes so that Jost could nab his seat at the "Update" desk, Jost said, "Probably unintentionally would be more [accurate]."
But he praised Meyers for helping him on SNL.
"He's been such a good mentor to me, both as a writer and going through this process, so it's been great," Jost said.
As for preparing for their Saturday debut, Jost and Strong have been working on their banter and their anchor voices, with Strong saying she "gave him some voice warm-ups." But she confessed that she has yet to fully grasp, or share, the responsibility of delivering fake news.
"That is scary," she said, as both she and Jost laughed. "And I guess I don't know what that is yet. I'm still learning."
But she pointed out that they are in sync on one thing, crossing their legs in the same direction, which they'd done on Today.
The two also talked about carrying on the legacy of "Weekend Update" hosts that came before them including Chevy Chase, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon.
"It's such an intimidating legacy," Jost said. "But also when you go to that hallway [outside the SNL studio], since you start, you see all these great photos of sketches through the years and you both appreciate it but you also have to very quickly just be like, 'OK I gotta try my own thing and do it' because otherwise you go crazy."
The duo also quizzed the Today anchors on how much the real journalists knew about their fake-news counterparts. Check out the video below and see if you can tell which facts about Strong and Jost are true, and which are false. And you can watch Jost and Strong's full interview in the player below that.