New ‘SNL Weekend Update’ Co-Anchor Colin Jost: It’s an ‘Intimidating Legacy’ (Video)

Jost admits you can “go crazy” if you focus two much on the show’s past

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Colin Jost — who makes his debut as “Weekend Update” co-anchor alongside castmate Cecily Strong on Saturday — appeared on NBC’s “Today” Thursday to discuss his upcoming new role on the series.

So what does Jost think of it? In a word, “intimidating.”

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“It’s crazy; it’s such an intimidating legacy,” Jost admitted.

Jost, who also serves as head writer on the late-night institution, added that coming to grips with the ghosts of “SNL” past. Discussing a studio hallway lined with photos of former “Saturday Night Live” cast members, Jost noted, “[Y]ou see all these photos of people through the years and great sketches, and you both appreciate it, but you also have to very quickly just be like,  ‘Alright, I gotta try out my own thing and do it,’ because otherwise you go crazy.”

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Asked by Savannah Guthrie whether the pair had been honing their witty banter, Strong shot back, “Let’s not say ‘witty’ yet; it’s just banter at first.”

Watch Jost and Strong talk “Weekend Update” in the video below.

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