The search is over. After weeks of speculation, Comedy Central has finally announced the new host of “The Daily Show”. Trevor Noah, the latest name mentioned as a strong contender to replace Jon Stewart, indeed lands the coveted gig.
“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 on Monday, March 30. “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.”
Noah added, “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.”
The 31-year-old comedian also told The New York Times about getting the job, “You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.” He additionally tweeted, “No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”
Stewart has shown his support for his successor. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” he said. “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!!!”
Words are, before Comedy Central picked Noah as the new “Daily Show” host, the network approached three big comedians. Amy Poehler, Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer were reportedly wanted to fill in Stewart’s shoes, but none of the talks with them eventually worked out.
Stewart announced his departure from the show, which he has hosted for more than 16 years, last February. His final date on the show has not been set yet.