'Saturday Night Live' Names New Weekend Update Anchor

Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong
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Saturday Night Live has named a new Weekend Update co-anchor.

Comedian Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong, who will remain on the show as a repertory player. Che will be joining Colin Jost on the Weekend Update desk

Che, also known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, joined SNL as a writer last year. He will be leaving his position as a correspondent on The Daily Show just three months after making his debut. His last report was broadcast Sept. 4.

Che has also performed stand-up on Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Late Show With David Letterman. Earlier this year, his stand-up special The Half Hour aired on Comedy Central.

Che thanked host/executive producer Jon Stewart and the rest of the writing staff on Twitter on Thursday evening for making his short tenure a memorable experience.The move comes after a series of shake-ups for SNL and the Weekend Update desk. Strong joined Seth Meyers on the desk as co-anchor last year to prepare for Meyers' jump to Late Night. Jost made his debut earlier this year on the desk after Meyers' departure. 

Ahead of its upcoming 40th season, SNL opted not to renew contracts for featured players Noel Wells and John Milhiser, and also cut Brooks Wheelan. Castmember Nasim Pedrad also left the show to join Fox's Mulaney

Che's appointment comes after a season in which SNL was under fire from critics complaining about the show's lack of diversity. SNL responded by embarking on a search to add an African-American woman to the cast, eventually hiring Sasheer Zamata and later adding two African-American women to its writing staff.

SNL returns with a new season Sept. 27 with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande.

Philiana Ng contributed reporting.

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Sept. 11, 8:25 p.m.: Updated with confirmation that Che will be leaving The Daily Show.

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