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Seth Meyers is opening up about leaving Saturday Night Live for Late Night.
“The biggest transition for me is realizing that now when you say ‘host’ it means me,” Meyers tells The Hollywood Reporter. “For 12 and a half years on SNL, it meant a way more famous person than me.”
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The comedian graces the cover of the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, and was photographed at Jack Studios in New York.
“In high school I was the one who sat in the back of the class and made the sort of very quiet comments. I guess this would be the back of the class moving to the front,” Meyers says of hosting. “That should be on a subway poster.”
As he prepares to make his Late Night debut Feb. 24, who is his dream guest?
“Vladimir Putin,” Meyers jokes, adding that he’ll be a “real Vladimir Putin” to his talent department when they inevitably have trouble booking the Russian president on the show.
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What will he miss most about SNL, where he worked for 12 years?
“That breakneck rush toward doing a show every Saturday — that thrill of having to pull it all off in a very short period of time,” Meyers says. “Obviously, we have that with our show as well, but I feel like late-night shows that are on every night — they fall into a pattern and they try to reach a certain quality every night. I will miss the highs and lows of SNL.”
Read Meyers’ full cover story here, and see exclusive photos from his cover shoot here.
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