Sideshow: Meyers signs off

Seth Meyers turned up at Howard Stern's birthday party as his "SNL" stint ends.
Seth Meyers turned up at Howard Stern's birthday party as his "SNL" stint ends. (LARRY BUSACCA /Getty Images)
Posted: February 04, 2014

Seth Meyers has departed Saturday Night Live, just weeks before he begins his new job as host of Late Night.

Meyers co-hosted "Weekend Update" on the NBC sketch comedy series for eight seasons and was joined for his farewell newscast by SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen. They told Meyers they had come to take him "to the other side."

Meyers called his SNL tenure "the job I always wanted." He joined the cast in 2001. He'll take over at NBC's Late Night on Feb. 24.

Farrow speaks out again

Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

In an open letter to the New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow recalled several events from her childhood. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood's continued embrace of Allen.

"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," Farrow wrote. "I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls."

Representatives for Allen and his former partner Mia Farrow didn't return requests for comment from the Associated Press. The Times reported that Allen declined to comment. He has long maintained his innocence.

Happy Birthday, Howard

For listeners of the Howard Stern Birthday Bash presented live Friday on SiriusXM radio, it was like the Golden Globes without the distraction of awards, but with Stern, lots of merry-making celebs, and much free-flowing booze.

Civilian Stern fans joined tribute-paying glitterati like Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, Ryan Phillippe, Heidi Klum, Fred Armisen, Rosie O'Donnell, and Katie Couric at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom.

Even Gov. Christie was on hand, taking a brief respite from the political-retribution scandal that has engulfed his administration to wish Stern a happy birthday. He reminded everyone who plans to be at Sunday's Super Bowl that, to get there, they will "have to go to the right side of the [Hudson] river."

He then introduced one of the night's many musical guests: Jon Bon Jovi. Other musical guests included John Fogerty, Jewel, the Black Keys, Dave Grohl, Adam Levine, and Steven Tyler.

The Bash - which lasted a Super Bowl-size four and a half hours - started at 6 p.m., with talk show host and the night's emcee, Jimmy Kimmel, introducing Stern as a broadcaster who "did to radio what Picasso did to visual art."

Kimmel meant that as high praise, but other guests took the opportunity to skewer Stern.

Louis C.K., noting he hadn't bothered to wear a suit, said in one of the night's tamer swipes, "It's a birthday party. When [Stern] dies, I'll wear a suit."

Stern (who, for the record, turned 60 on Jan. 12) was seated behind his microphone, beside longtime sidekick Robin Quivers, and he grinned and laughed at every zinger.

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