'The Daily Show' Announces Trevor Noah As Jon Stewart's Replacement

He's making the leap from on-air contributor to full-time host.

It's official: Comedy Central has found their choice to succeed Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show."

The New York Times reports that 31-year-old comedian Trevor Noah will be the new host of the late-night political satire show once Stewart ends his 16-year run later this year. Noah has been an on-air contributor with "The Daily Show" since December, making only a small handful of appearances in his time with the show.

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Noah told The New York Times while on the phone in Dubai, speaking about his first reactions to learning that he had been selected as the new "Daily Show" host. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

For his part, Stewart said he's "thrilled for the show and for Trevor," adding that he might even return as a correspondent just so he can have a front-row seat at Noah's debut.

Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless said of the decision to hire Noah as Stewart's successor: "You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”

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