Trevor Noah to Take Over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart

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Jon Stewart is yet to announced a departure date from The Daily Show.

But Comedy Central just named the host's replacement for whenever he does vacate his highly-rated chair.

Trevor Noah, the 31-year old South African comedian who has only appeared a handful of times on the program, will take over for Stewart some time in the next year.

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"Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny," said Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central president.

“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."

Tweeted Noah in response to the news:

"No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

In his own statement, meanwhile, Stewart said he was “thrilled” for Noah, adding:

"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!!!"

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