Soweto born Trevor Noah has been tapped as the replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. In February, after 16 years of being on the air, Stewart announced that he was retiring. Since then, rumors circulated on who would be replacing Stewart. Some cheered for Jessica Williams, but with this announcement, and the fact that Noah has only appeared on 3 episodes, it’s an interesting pick.
“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. “It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home.”
In an interview with The New York Times, Noah expressed excitement about his new role.
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah stated. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
Noah, who is the son of a Black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, knows that he has a huge seat to fill and that people won’t adjust easily.
“We live in a world where some people still say Beyoncé can’t sing,” he said. “Clearly I’m not immune to that.”