UPDATE 3/30/2015: Per the New York Times, Noah will replace Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” The announcement, which was posted to Twitter minutes ago, follows below (I can only wonder if this is in keeping with the current TV diversity push we’ve been writing about on this blog for months now; but no matter, good for Noah! He’s definitely the right guy for the job):
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) March 30, 2015
So Comedy Central’s late night lineup will now look like this: “The Daily Show” hosted by Trevor Noah at 11pm, followed by “The Nightly Show,” hosted by Larry Wilmore! Back-to-back shows both with black hosts.
And here’s the original post speculating that Noah might replace Stewart…
Could “The Daily
Show’s” most recent addition, Trevor Noah, be tapped to replace Jon Stewart when
he leaves the show as host, at the end the year?
possible; According to insiders, Noah is on “the
shortlist” to replace Stewart.
African comedian and satirist has many things going for him, including the fact
that he has experience doing late night TV, having hosted a late night TV show
in South Africa for two seasons, and that “The Daily Show” would most likely want to promote an existing member of the show to the new host position, for continuity.
Also in his favor is that, 2 other likely candidates – “Daily Show” regulars, Samantha bee, and her husband, Jason Jones – are
leaving the program to create their own comedy show for TBS. In addition, correspondent Jessica Williams, who was rumored as a possible replacement,
publicly took herself out of the running via a Twitter message a few weeks ago.
If Noah gets
the job, he will be only the third host in the history of “The Daily Show,” following
Stewart’s 16-year run, and the first host, Craig Kilborn, who has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.
Of course, all
this is no guarantee that Noah has the job locked up, and no announcement as to
who will be the new host, which won’t be made until sometime later this summer.
course we’ll be looking out for it.
Born to a white Swiss father and black South African mother, Noah’s mixed-race heritage, including his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity, are frequent themes addressed in his comedy.
He’s said to be the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show” and “The David Letterman Show,” and was the subject of the 2012 documentary “You Laugh But It’s True.” Most recently, he starred in his own Showtime comedy special titled “African American.”
He joined the “Daily Show” team last October.