Comedy Central has tapped comedian Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on its satirical news program "The Daily Show," the New York Times reported on Monday.
"On Monday, Comedy Central will announce that Mr. Noah has been chosen as the new host of 'The Daily Show,' succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this year," the newspaper said.
Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, announced to his studio audience in February that he will leave his job as host of Comedy Central's parody newscast later this year.
Noah, 31, from South Africa, had only appeared on The Daily Show three times when he was given the massive promotion, the New York times reported.
“You don’t believe it for the first few hours," Noah, in Dubai on a comedy tour, said in reponse. He also said, “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement, according to the Times. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”
Stewart also said he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!” 52-year-old Stewart, who has starred on "The Daily Show" since 1999, said he had no specific plans for his next career move, but was thankful for the opportunityto host the program.
"It's been an absolute privilege," said an emotional Stewart. "It's been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, for hate-watching it, whatever reason you are tuning in for."