Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show next month after sixteen long years, and he will be replaced by relatively unknown South African comic and Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah.
Noah is clearly worried about stepping into those big shoes, and he opened up to GQ about the career of his past and his future.
He talks a lot about what he learned after making jokes about African-Americans, and acknowledges there was quite a bit of backlash to his being named as the new host.
Nevertheless, Noah assures that despite a “face-lift” of sorts, his Daily Show will be similar in style to Jon Stewart’s, in the same way Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno but still kept the Tonight Show spirit going.
And Noah also addresses some of his past “stupid” jokes, a potential reference to the controversy over his not-very-politically-correct tweets:
“You show me half my jokes from even two years ago, three years ago—I hate them. Because you see, like, a young version of yourself. You’re like, ‘Why would you say that? You idiot! That makes no sense.’ Or, ‘That’s just stupid.’ Or, ‘Ahh, I can’t believe I said that about a woman.’ You should not like what you did back then, because that shows that you’ve grown. If you’re still doing it, that’s a scarier place to be,” Noah says.
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