Days after speculations surfaced of Trevor Noah being in talks to replace John Stewart on The Daily Show, reports have now confirmed that he will fill-in where Stewart is leaving off. Trevor’s involvement on the show does make it a first for the series lead host to be black. The South African comedian, who is also of Swiss-German decent is already gaining fans. One fan in particular, Chris Rock addressed Trevor’s hire and ended up thanking president Obama in a tweet. Interesting enough, Rock was also a name mixed in as a possible replacement. NPR explains. Congrats.
Thank you president Obama pic.twitter.com/PgFJCCyRTa
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015
South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years. Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah 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!” Comedy Central says that the switch will happen later this year. When Stewart announced his departure from the show last month, he did not name a final day. He said it could come as early as July, or as late as this fall or winter. Noah, 31, has recently served as a senior international correspondent on The Daily Show, filing reports on events such as Islamist group Boko Haram’s violent attacks in Nigeria. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless says that Noah “has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America.”