This is The Daily Show with… Seven weeks after Jon Stewart announced his exit from The Daily Show's anchor desk, Comedy Central has found a new host.
Comedian Trevor Noah nabbed the coveted gig, the network announced, preparing to step into the role after Stewart's final show. The South African funnyman, 31, made his first appearance on the comedy news show this past December, going on to make just two more cameos as a contributor before he booked the part.
The newcomer opened up to the New York Times about the opportunity, saying he was flabbergasted by the chance to follow in Stewart's storied footsteps.
"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah told NYT of learning he got the job. "You need a stiff drink…"
While he is far from a household name, the rising star dished that Stewart related to his career path.
"He told me, 'I was where you were when I took over the show,'" Noah told the New York Times of Stewart's words. "'Nobody knew me. I was just starting out, finding my voice, and that's when I was handed this seat.' Now, it's my turn to steer the ship."
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!
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015
Stewart, 52, broke the news of his exit on Feb. 10, choking up as he spoke about leaving The Daily Show on that evening's episode. "17 years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job by 16 years and five months," said Stewart, who first appeared on The Daily Show in 1999. "In my heart I know, it is time for someone else to have that opportunity."
"I don't have any specific plans," added the father of two at the time. "I got a lot of ideas. I got a lot of things in my head. I'm gonna have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people."
Stewart, who has expanded his career into filmmaking in the past year with the release of his directorial debut Rosewater, expressed his excitement for Noah in a statement to the New York Times on Monday.
"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," he said. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with."
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