‘The Daily Show’ names Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s successor

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It’s official — 31-year-old comedian Trevor Noah is taking over “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart departs later this year.

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” says Noah. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” according to Comedy Central President Michelle Ganeless. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”

Noah joined “The Daily Show” last year as a contributor. His 2013 comedy special “African American” is available for streaming on Netflix.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” says Stewart. “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 shared his excitement with his 2 million (and growing) Twitter followers: