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Former Harvard alum joins Weekend Update desk

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NEW YORK (NBC) - Saturday Night Live has been a mainstay of late night television for 39 years, but lately the show has had a lot of turn-over. Eleven of the 17 current cast member have been on the show for less than two years.

Now there's a new face behind the Weekend Update desk.

Colin Jost, a graduate of Harvard University and former president of the Harvard Lampoon, will be taking over for Seth Meyers along with Cecily Strong. Meyers left to take over the late-night slot vacated by Jimmy Fallon.

Strong herself has been part of Weekend Update for only 14 episodes, and was reluctant to hand-out advice to the new newcomer.

"I mean I wouldn't trust myself to show him the ropes yet, so don't do what I do," Strong said.

Jost made his on-camera debut last week, but he's been writing sketches for the show since 2005.

He was named head writer of SNL in 2012, and said he does not expect his promotion to the anchor desk to cause any ripples.  

"It's a format that generally has worked pretty well for now.. 150 years?  And so I feel like we don't want to mess with it too much,” Jost said.
Jost is the eighth new player to strut his stuff this season. And with all those fresh faces, co-anchor Strong says she expects a more playful vibe from the show.

"Everyone is new, so it's going to be... we're little kids. So we'll just be playing until we find it,” Strong said.

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