Given Trevor Noah's recent announcement that he'll be leaving The Daily Show, Comedy Central is already considering a replacement. After seven years of the same host and the same jokes, this might be a challenge. Though, there is a lineup of people in mind to fulfill Noah's aesthetic and comedic nature. Here's what to expect...
So, while The Daily Show fans might have accepted Noah's hiatus, it seems they - and the network - are not ready to say goodbye to the controversial and humorous news source. Comedy Central is working fast not to terminate the show itself. After all, it has been running for 25 years and 27 seasons (currently on its 28th season), so why stop now? While it has already been discussed there is no set-in-stone date for Noah's departure, December seems plausible, re-opening the show's next season on January 17th, 2023. While he has seemingly not given CC enough time to plan this one out, the network remains positive. In the meantime, CC is "focused on celebrating Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions." According to Variety, the network is calling this a "reinvention" - and this isn't the first time.
The Daily Show has not always been Noah's turf. When the show was first established, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Craig Kilborn kicked off the series as host from 1996 - 1998. Following his short debut, Comedy Central quickly turned this around and introduced Jon Stewart as host, who continued on the show until 2015. While history seems to be repeating itself, Stewart allegedly did not give the network enough time to replace him after his drastic departure. At the time, prospective candidates like Samantha Bee, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler were considered. Nevertheless, Noah was given a chance and immediately grabbed the audience's attention making it his own. Now, the network is allegedly exploring American "humorist" Roy Wood, who has acted as a "correspondent" on the show before, and Jordan Klepper, who has hosted a late-night show after Daily. Even so, other comedians like Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng are being watched closely as potential candidates.
While this seems like a catastrophe, this is not the first and last time a TV network has opted for a host rotation. Networks like Fox Channel News are highly known for relying on hosts coming back and forth to foresee a show's continuity. So, they've done it before, and they can do it again: The Daily Show hopefully is not going anywhere any time soon, as it seems one potential host, in particular, can't shy away from the opportunity. Stay tuned!