Trevor Noah is the new host of ‘The Daily Show’
After Jon Stewart announced that he was stepping down from hosting “The Daily Show” back in December, there’s been no shortage of speculation over who should take over his seat at the desk. Some of that public conversation included bullying “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams into “leaning in” to the hosting gig and joking that disgraced “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams helm the flagship fake news broadcast. Well, all the guessing can come to an end because the show will be hosted by 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah, who joined the show as a correspondent in December and has made just three appearances.
Of course, that’s not to say Noah is unqualified to host the show. He did helm a talk show called “Tonight with Trevor Noah” in South Africa in addition to hosting various awards shows and performing in his own Showtime special in 2013.
However, this does raise some eyebrows from those who had their hearts set on a woman hosting this, or any, late night show.
“We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job,” Comedy Central president Michelle Ganeless told NY Times. “You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
Apparently, when Stewart announced that he was leaving the show, Ganeless put together a shortlist of worthy replacements, “and Trevor checked off every box on that list and then some.” If anyone is curious if Jessica Williams or Samantha Bee made the list, Ganeless wouldn’t comment on the other possible candidates.
However, it sounds like Stewart is happy with who is taking over after his 16-year run at the desk ends later this year.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Stewart then joked that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”
As for Noah, the comedian was reached for comment when he was on the Dubai stop for a comedy tour.
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told The Times. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
It looks like Noah also got an early vote of confidence from Chris Rock for when he takes over the show at an undisclosed date later in the year.
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— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015
For the uninitiated, definitely check out Noah’s first appearance on “The Daily Show.”