02/25/2014 09:43 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Late Night TV Gets A Clue: The End Of All-White Male Writers' Rooms

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When NBC announced last May that their next late night host would be Seth Meyers, reaction ranged from Yay, I love him to Meh to Great, another white guy. While Meyers looks like most everyone who has hosted before him, the next generation of late night hosts are quietly ushering in diversity. We just don't see it because it's coming from their writers' rooms.

NBC shifted their line-up thusly: they replaced former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" host Jimmy Fallon as the head of Late Night with Meyers, who was also a former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" host. Fallon would be moving on to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, bumping up a time slot and officially forcing Leno out of a job he'd infamously managed to take back after losing it once.

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