Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

The South African comedian is currently a correspondent on the show.

After months of speculation, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show has been chosen—and it's a surprise pick. Trevor Noah, a correspondent who's only appeared on three episodes, will take over at the anchor desk.

Noah joined the show in December, providing his unique perspective as a biracial man who grew up in South Africa.According to the New York Times, he didn't formally audition for the host spot but "checked off every box" with Comedy Central executives.

The 31-year-old found out about his big promotion while on tour doing standup comedy in Dubai. "You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah told the Times. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

Comedy Central hasn't set an exact time for Stewart to leave, but the current host is excited for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. "I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Stewart said in a statement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with. [I] may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!"

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