WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South African comedian Trevor Noah, a relative newcomer to U.S. television, has been selected to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s parody newscast, “The Daily Show,” the New York Times reported on Monday.
Noah made his debut on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”, in December. See above for what he had to say about his appointment.
Stewart, 52, who has starred on the satirical show since 1999, announced last month that he was leaving his job, but gave no specific plans for his next career move.
His successor, a 31-year-old biracial South African, in December made his first appearance on “The Daily Show,” which airs weeknights at 11 p.m. on the Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central. He has appeared on the comedy program three times, according to the newspaper.
In an interview with the Times, Noah said his new job presented both an opportunity and a challenge.
Stewart, in a statement, told the newspaper he is “thrilled” for Noah and the show: “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Comedy Central told the Times that the exact time for Stewart’s departure has not been decided.