Seth Meyers Renews NBCUniversal Pact Through 2028

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Seth Meyers isn’t going anywhere.

The Late Night host has extended his deal with NBCUniversal through 2028, the company announced Monday. Meyers, who skewered the network (among others) during NBCU’s upfront presentation Monday morning, will remain host of Late Night through 2028. Additionally, Meyers’ Sethmaker Shoemeyers production company has extended its deal with Universal Studio Group and will continue to create and develop scripted and unscripted programming for the company’s vast portfolio.

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“Over the last 10 years, Seth has resonated with his audience night after night with a sharp monologue and established segments such as A Closer Look and Day Drinking,” said Katie Hockmeyer, executive vp late night programming at NBCUniversal Entertainment. “We’re so happy to continue this legacy franchise with Seth at the helm and watch him continue to elevate the success of Late Night.”

Meyers and NBC recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Meyers-hosted Late Night, which originally launched Feb. 24, 2014. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Michaels and Mike Shoemaker exec produce the series, which streams the next day on Peacock.

Meyers’ decision to remain at Late Night arrives as his name, alongside fellow SNL alum Tina Fey, has been bandied about as a possible replacement for Michaels atop the veteran sketch comedy. Michaels has been open about overseeing SNL through its 50th anniversary special in February but beyond that, it’s unclear how long the comedy kingpin will remain with the series.

In terms of the late-night space, Meyers’ new pact comes after Jimmy Kimmel re-upped his deal with Disney to remain at Jimmy Kimmel Live through its 23rd season at ABC. CBS’ Stephen Colbert extended his deal with the Paramount Global-backed network to remain at the Late Show through 2026. Other late-night hosts, including HBO’s John Oliver and Bill Maher, also recently extended their respective deals.

The news comes as the late-night space has experienced contraction after CBS replaced James Cordon with an updated version of After Midnight and as cable networks and streamers have also exited the pricey genre.

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