Jon Stewart’s successor has been named and it’s a person not many people had in their minds as a front runner. On Monday, Trevor Noah was revealed as the person who would be taking Stewart’s coveted seat. The South African comedian is currently a correspondent on the show.
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told The New York Times in an interview from Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
He also 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!”
Stewart released a statement in a press release from Comedy Central addressing the news: “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. 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!!!”
Noah is expected to takeover later this year.