fake news: Comedian Trevor Noah has been named the new host of The Daily Show, replacing the departing Jon Stewart, Comedy Central confirmed early Monday.
The 31-year-old South Africa native ascends to the Daily Show throne after making only three appearances as a correspondent. His promotion comes six weeks after Stewart announced that he was stepping down later this year following a wildly successful 16-year run.
Noah, whose new gig was foreshadowed Friday by our sister site Variety, reacted to the news on Twitter:
In a statement, Stewart said he was “thrilled” for Noah, adding, “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
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