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After a long and lengthy search, Comedy Central has now locked down its new man of the hour. Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show, taking over the hit late night talk show after Jon Stewart retires from the series. Noah actually joined The Daily Show as a correspondent in 2014, but he'll soon have quite a few more responsibilities on the series.
We’ve known Jon Stewart will be leaving his popular show for a couple of months now, and in that time the network has actively been working to find a suitable replacement. For a while, Samantha Bee was considered to be a prime choice, but then she dropped the bomb that she would be leaving Comedy Central, too. Just a couple of days ago, Noah was also rumored to be the frontrunner to take over The Daily Show, but since he’s still rather a newbie on the series, it wasn’t clear how serious the network was about the candidate. Now it seems the channel had big aspirations for the South African comedian, indeed. Current details are still slim on when the shift from Stewart to Noah will take place on the network, but it is expected to happen sometime this year.
Noah has only been a correspondent on The Daily Show for a six months, and he’s only popped up in a few segments on the series. Luckily, he’s also done plenty of stand-up comedy and even appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman thanks to his comedy skills, which infuse information about his South African roots with everyday comedy. You can check out a bit, below.
Jon Stewart's retirement from the series was announced by Comedy Central in February and a heartfelt announcement was made on The Daily Show later that day. Last summer Stewart took some time off to make his directorial debut with Rosewater, a process he seemed to really enjoy, and we're guessing once he finishes up with The Daily Show we'll see other pursuits of that ilk from the man. With his contract expiring in 2015, it seems like a good time for the man to dabble in projects elsewhere, rather than get tied down by another long-term contract.
You can still currently catch Jon Stewart on the air. Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart airs on weeknights at 11 p.m. ET. We'll let you know when The Daily Show with Trevor Noah begins coming together over at the network.