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No, it won’t be Brian Williams. Comedy Central has named Trevor Noah as the next host of “The Daily Show.” The announcement was made today by Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central’s president. “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless. “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, who joined “The Daily Show” in 2014 as a contributor, is a comic who has also appeared on “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “Late Show.” In South Africa, he hosted his own program, “Tonight with Trevor 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,” said Noah. “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 transition date from Stewart to Noah has not been announced, but Stewart hinted today he may re-apply for a job at the show. “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!!!”
Here’s Noah’s debut with Jon Stewart from December: