Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and other fake journalists who’ve left fake journalism

Jimmy Fallon started his run as the host of “The Tonight Show” on Monday night — and into his old spot on “Late Night” slides “Saturday Night Live”‘s Seth Meyers. Meyers joins Fallon, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and pretty much every host of SNL’s Weekend Update in leaving fake journalism for greener pastures.

Here are some other refugees from fake journalism.

John Oliver

This “The Daily Show” correspondent (and senior British correspondent) left that role in 2013. According to a Feb. 12 story in The Huffington Post, Oliver’s new show on HBO, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” begins April 27. Here’s Oliver in 2006.

Clark Kent

In 2012, the glasses-wearing, cape-concealing Clark Kent left The Daily Planet in “Superman #13.” Ethan Sacks wrote about the episode for the New York Daily News. Quoting a DC Entertainment spokesperson, “This is not the first time in DC Comics history that Clark Kent has left the Planet, and this time the resignation reflects present-day issues – the balance of journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the citizen journalist, etc.”

At the Superman Museum in Metropolis, Ill., in 2005.(AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Olivia Munn

Munn was a contributor for “The Daily Show” until 2011. But we can’t grant her full refugee status since she’s joined the cast of HBO’s “The Newsroom.”

Vanessa Williams

Williams played Wilhelmina Slater, editor of the fashion mag Mode in “Ugly Betty” from 2006 to 2010. Clay Cane reported on Monday for BET about Williams latest preformance in Las Vegas. She was a great mean editor, though.

Ed Helms

Another former faux-caster from “The Daily Show,” Helms left in 2006 and joined “The Office.” He’s also starred in all three of “The Hangover” movies. Here’s Helms in 2002.

Steve Carrell

Carrell was a correspondent for “The Daily Show” until 2005. He’s made many movies and starred in “The Office” since. Not sure we can grant him full refugee status either, since he played a meteorologist in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” in 2004 and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” in 2013. This clip is from 1999.

Laura San Giacomo

San Giacomo starred as a magazine editor in the sitcom “Just Shoot Me” from 1997 until 2003. She’s played a number of roles since. Her co-stars Wendie Malick and David Spade have also escaped fake journalism.

Kathy Griffin

Griffin played a restaurant critic on “Suddenly Susan,” which aired from 1996 until 2000. Here’s the season 2 intro.

Candice Bergen

Bergan starred in “Murphy Brown” from 1988 until 1998. She’s taken on many non-journalism roles since, including on “Boston Legal” and “House.” Here’s a “Seinfeld” episode from 1992 with a “Murphy Brown” cameo.

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  • Will Overhead

    You do realize that there is a vast gulf of difference between the “fake journalism” represented by skits like “Weekend Update” or even shows like “Murphy Brown” than the real fake journalism being done by Stewart and Colbert, don’t you?