Comedy Central Eyeing ‘The Daily Show’ Correspondent Roy Wood Jr. As Trever Noah’s Replacement
Roy Wood Jr. is reportedly in the running to replace Trevor Noah as host of The Daily Show.
As Trevor Noah’s stint as The Daily Show host slowly winds down, there’s already speculation about his replacement. Sources claim that one of the strongest contenders so far is none other than Trevor Noah’s longtime friend and fellow comedian, Roy Wood Jr.
In his farewell speech, Noah, 38, mentioned that Roy Wood Jr., 43, reminded him of his upcoming seven-year anniversary leading The Daily Show. This, along with the reflection he did during the pandemic, prompted Noah to step down to explore other aspects of his career.
Roy Wood Jr. has served as a correspondent on The Daily Show since 2015, the same year Noah took over from previous host, Jon Stewart. Since then, the actor has become one of the show’s most recognizable faces. Sources claim Wood is already being eyed as an ideal replacement for the outspoken South African comedian and commentator.
Insiders added that Wood’s contract on The Daily Show is up for renewal, and executives are eager to keep the on-demand Confess, Fletch actor on the network.
Wood has said in the past that his previous stints on ESPN and related companies doing guest roles prepared him for The Daily Show. Despite Wood allegedly being a fan favorite to replace Noah, it’s important to note that insiders claim choosing a successor is still in its earliest stages.
Comedy Central’s latest statement on Noah’s replacement reads:
“In time, we will turn to the next chapter of The Daily Show and all of our incredible correspondents will be at the top of that list. Until then, we are focused on celebrating Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions.”
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