One of these women ought to be successful. Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show”
Today conjecture regarding Trevor Noah’s replacement has evolved from yesterday’s astonishment over the news that he is quitting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, seven years after replacing Jon Stewart.
Noah has one of the top places in late night, but his impact goes far beyond his modest by television standards ratings. Videos of Noah’s monologues and interviews from Daily have gone viral, and he is credited as having some of the sharpest satirical takes on topics like racism and abortion in recent years.
Who can step into those boots? With the increased fragmentation of TV audiences toward streaming, it was understandable that people had their doubts about Noah when he first started (and a major controversy over some old tweets that surfaced as he was replacing Stewart didn’t help), but he managed to establish himself as a shrewd, nuanced voice in late night.
Here are four potential successors, but Comedy Central hasn’t made any announcements and Noah hasn’t even said when he’ll stop presenting the programme.
Amber Ruffin, who now hosts The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and has been a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC for several years, maybe the most apparent Noah successor.
She is incredibly brilliant, experienced in front of and behind the camera, has great comic timing, and approaches difficult subjects with empathy. Her Peacock show, which coincidentally started streaming season three today, features a fantastic list of guests.
(And extra points if Ruffin moved to Comedy Central with her executive producer, Jenny Hagel; the two frequently appear in segments with Meyers and are a great pair.)
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The second-most obvious option, Samantha Bee, has been a Daily veteran since the Stewart period when she worked as a correspondent. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, which she hosted on TBS before departing to create her own show, just finished its seventh season.
As a former member of the Comedy Central family and someone with strong connections, Bee is a plausible candidate to succeed Noah (and the network will be under pressure to choose a woman, because of the current dearth in late night).
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Ronny Chieng, a senior correspondent for Daily, is gifted at fusing humour with cultural criticism. His attack on Fox News host Jesse Watters propelled him to fame on Daily, and as a Malaysian native, he has leveraged his experience to produce incisive segments about Asian Americans while also covering other topics.
He’s had two recent comedy specials, so even if he doesn’t land this job, he’s someone to keep an eye on. Chieng would be a major network’s first Asian late-night host.
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Roy Wood Jr.
Roy Wood has excellent reporting skills, gained through a career in journalism during college and beyond, as well as a terrific delivery style. He is also a current Daily Show reporter. He would be perfect as the fake news anchor persona that the Daily Show was modelled after in the 1990s.
He specialises focusing in on cultural situations ideal for parody, such as the Popeye’s chicken sandwich craze in 2019. His acting performances have given him an unrivalled stage presence.
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