Colin Jost Is No Longer a Head Writer at ‘SNL’


One of SNL’s current head writers has moved to the writing staff. As of Saturday night’s episode hosted by Tracy Morgan, writer and Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost has officially moved from co-head writer to the regular writing staff, leaving longtime writers Bryan Tucker and Rob Klein as current head writers. The change was reflected in Saturday’s SNL credits (see below) as well as on the show’s “About” page online. Jost has written for SNL since season 31 and was promoted to head writer during season 38 in 2012-2013 alongside Seth Meyers; Tucker and Klein have both written for the show since the mid- to late-2000s and were promoted to head writers during season 39. Jost remains a Weekend Update anchor, so the move presumably opens him up to focus more on writing pieces for the Update desk.

UPDATE: According to Vanity FairJost’s move away from head writer actually started quietly at the beginning of this season, and the last time he was credited as head writer was at the end of last year’s season 40 finale hosted by Louis C.K.

Check out the updated SNL head writer credits below: