NEW YORK—The “Saturday Night News” star will be featured as a new host in the upcoming season of the NBC series “Saturday Morning” hosted by the late former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
“I am thrilled to join the cast of ‘Saturday Morning’ for the premiere episode of ‘Weekend Update,’ which will premiere on Saturday, March 17,” the 43-year-old “SNL” star, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Annan in 2014’s “Saturday Nights” said in a statement.
“This is an opportunity for me to be a part of history, which is a joyous and humbling one, and to represent all the people who made this nation great.”
Annan is widely regarded as one of the world’s most consequential international leaders.
In addition to “SNKs” “SNW” and “SNT,” he was also the former President of the United Nations.
The former Secretary-Gen. was known for his efforts to end the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and bring peace to the region.
“SNY” host Amy Poehler, meanwhile, is playing former President George W. Bush in the series’ first season.
She has already been nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe.
“Weekend Report” host Melissa Harris-Perry will host the premiere.
“We are thrilled to welcome our guest host, @AmyPoehler, to ‘Weekly Update’ as host of ‘SNL Weekend Update,'” NBC said in the release.
“The show is produced by SNL writers/producers Brian McCarthy and Lisa Joy and executive producers Katie J.M. Baker and David Levien.
This is a great opportunity to bring together the most popular and talented voices in the business for the first time.”
Annans will return to “Saturday morning” in season 2.
The “SNB” host will host “Weekly Report” this spring, with the show set to debut this fall.