Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show after Jon Stewart’s departure, according to the official website. A longtime contributor to The Daily Show, Noah was a natural choice for the position.
According to the official website, “Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and has also appeared on ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including his own late-night talk show in his native country, ‘Tonight with Trevor Noah.’ “
According to Hollywood Reporter, Trevor was chosen as Jon Stewart’s replacement, in part, in an effort to bump up flagging ratings. At a Television Critics Association Q&A, Trevor said that the old way of reporting the news doesn’t work, and news stations might “soon might shift to BuzzFeed and Gawker.”
“The way people are absorbing their news in sound bites and headlines and little click links has changed everything,” Noah said at the Q&A. “The biggest challenge is, how do we bring all of that together?” And that’s a challenge Comedy Central has yet to win. According to Hollywood Reporter, “As its target demographic of millennial males increasingly consumes entertainment online, Comedy Central has seen its primetime audience shrink every year since 2012,” despite having huge stars on the network, including Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.
The news that Trevor Noah would take over hosting The Daily Show comes as a surprise, since Trevor had only done three Daily Show segments prior to his hire. He will also be the first non-white, non-American to host, reports Rolling Stone. In addition to his role on The Daily Show, Trevor will continue to tour as part of his comedy act, and has performed his comedy in front of sold-out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, according to the official The Daily Show website.
Jon Stewart endorses the decision, and has advice for Trevor Noah when he takes over The Daily Show. “I was where you were when I took over the show. Nobody knew me. I was just starting out, finding my voice, and that’s when I was handed this seat.” Trevor will take over starting September 29.
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