Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

by Jackie Willis 5:34 AM PDT, March 30, 2015
Playing Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

After 16 years at The Daily Show mock-anchor news desk, Jon Stewart has declared a successor.

Though he's only appeared on Comedy Central's political satire show a handful of times, 31-year-old South African comedianTrevor Noah will be taking over for Stewart, The New York Times confirmed on Monday.

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"I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart, 52, said of his replacement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with."

The longtime host added jokingly that he may return to The Daily Show "as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

"You don't believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told the Times of his new gig while in Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

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The comedian later 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 wasn't the only famous comedian to throw his support behind Noah. Chris Rock also jokingly tweeted "Thank you President Obama," upon hearing the news.

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