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'The Daily Show' Names Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's Replacement

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The South African comedian recently started contributing to the Comedy Central show.

'The Daily Show' Names Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's Replacement

Over the weekend, rumors started floating around that comedian Trevor Noah was rising as a strong candidate to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Those rumors proved true today. Comedy Central announced that Noah will succeed Stewart as the next host of The Daily Show.

Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, began contributing to The Daily Show back in November. He's appeared on the show three times, serving as a "Senior International Correspondent" each time. 

While that seems like a pretty short test period, Noah is a very experienced comic. He's released three hour-long specials already and is currently in the middle of a tour that's taking him all across the globe. The comic has appeared on both The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno in 2012) and Late Show with David Letterman. Noah has also hosted his own show in South Africa, so the experience is there. He's very used to performing for a wide variety of people, and his international perspective on world events could bring something similar to what John Oliver used to bring to the show (and what he's now doing over at HBO).

That's not to say that Noah was the only candidate. It came out that Comedy Central was looking at some pretty big names to take over the show, including comedians Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler (whose Weekend Update experience on SNL would have come in handy). But in the end, Noah was the pick.

Here's what Noah had to say about the new job on Twitter:

And here's what Stewart shared in a statement:

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Stewart added in the network's announcement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with. ... In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!"

Check out Noah's three appearances on The Daily Show. First, he played a game of "Spot The Africa" with Stewart that commented on black poverty in America.

Next, Noah discussed the parallels of Boko Haram and ISIS in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

And finally, Noah turned in a humorous appearance about the United States trying to buy the world's best chess players.

And here's a clip from one of Noah's standup specials, That's Racist, where he talks about an experience getting tacos.

It's clear that Noah has a distinct voice (that is somewhat overshadowed by Stewart's buffoonish ignorant American character) that could really do something unique when given the reins of the show. Just like Larry Wilmore with The Nightly Show, Noah could help reshape Comedy Central's late-night block by sharing different voices and offering new takes on what's happening in the world.

Believe me, Jon Stewart will be dearly missed. It's been an absolute joy watching Stewart and the "Best F--kin' News Team" for the better part of his 17 years as host. There's no way the show can replace what Stewart brought to it. But when great correspondents like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Ed Helms and others left, the show still found new voices and powered through. And, just as John Oliver showed when he took over for Stewart two summers ago, the show can still continue and thrive without him. The writing staff is top notch, and I'm confident they will be able to create something compelling and fresh with Noah on board.

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