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Meyers bids ‘SNL’ farewell

NEW YORK (AP) – 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.

“SNL” head writer Colin Jost will replace Meyers at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk starting March 1.

Rowling second guesses couple

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts about having ended the series with heroine Hermione Granger paired up romantically with Ron Weasley.

The hugely successful author tells Wonderland magazine she chose the red-haired Ron for Hermione for very personal reasons having little to do with literature.

She told the magazine she “wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment” and said the couple might eventually need relationship counseling.

The soon-to-be published interview was reported in the Sunday Times, which also quoted actress Emma Watson, who played Hermione, expressing doubts about the viability of her character’s relationship with Ron.

She told the newspaper that many fans doubt Ron can make Hermione happy over time.

Many fans had hoped Harry and Hermione would become a couple.

‘Ride Along’ tops ticket sales

“Ride Along” remained strong at the box office last week, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot for a surprising third week in a row.

Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6 million, the buddy cop comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, made $12.3 million, as it nears a $100 million domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Disney’s “Frozen,” now the fourth highest-grossing domestic animated release ever, is in second place with $9.3 million. In its opening weekend, the drama “Labor Day,” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, opened in 7th place with $5.3 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.

1. “Ride Along,” $12.3 million.

2. “Frozen,” $9.3 million.

3. “That Awkward Moment,” $9 million.

4. “The Nut Job,” $7.6 million.

5. “Lone Survivor,” $7.2 million.

6. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” $5.4 million.

7. “Labor Day,” $5.3 million.

8. “American Hustle,” $4.3 million.

9. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” $3.6 million.

10. “I, Frankenstein,” $3.5 million.