Jon Stewart replacement may have been found

Trevor Noah On Shortlist To Lead 'The Daily Show'
Trevor Noah On Shortlist To Lead 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central might have found a new suit to put in front of The Daily Show cameras.

According to a report from Variety, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah is the frontrunner to become the new host.
The report comes more than a month after Jon Stewart announced that he was ready to pass The Daily Show desk on to someone else.

Noah joined the show in October but a network source tells Variety the 31-year-old is "gaining consideration as a potential successor...and has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet."

The reaction to the news on social media has been mostly positive.

Andrej Novak tweeted, "Well, @Trevornoah didn't appear much on @TheDailyShow, but from what we could see, he looks like a great replacement. Show must go on."

And Mario said, "The daily show with @Trevornoah !!! Got a good ring to it !!!"

User Bart Smith said, "If Comedy Central is considering Trevor Noah as the new #DailyShow host, it shows they have faith not just in him but in Daily Show brand."

But another predicted, "Trevor Noah on the shortlist is as far as thats going to go."

As The Huffington Post points out, the current late night show landscape is predominantly white, male and straight. Comedy Central is currently the only network to feature an African-American host: Larry Wilmore.

He's got the resume for it: As a well-known TV personality in South Africa, he's made appearances on Leno and Letterman, and Showtime aired a comedy special featuring Noah in 2013.

Jon Stewart is expected to step down from his seat sometime between July and the end of the year.

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