“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless said in a statement. “For the next host of The Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
Added Noah: “It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at The Daily Show have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world. In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”
Stewart also shared his excitement. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”
Noah, who only joined the Comedy Central series in December, has reportedly been on the short list since February. The South African comedian currently acts as the show’s senior international correspondent, but he previously hosted his own late-night show in South Africa for two seasons. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and was the first African stand-up comic to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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