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Comedy Central Might Have Found Its Jon Stewart Replacement

A new possibility has reportedly emerged on Comedy Central’s short list for replacing Jon Stewart when he departs The Daily Show later this year.

Our own Matt Wilstein reported earlier this year that seemingly none of the show’s famed rotation of comedian correspondents were in line to inherit the throne — what with Samantha Bee and Jason Jones departing for TBS, and several others outright rejecting the possibility.

But according to Variety, one of the show’s newer correspondents may get the gig: Trevor Noah.

His credentials for the spot, as Variety noted:

Like Stewart, Noah is no stranger to tackling thorny issues. In South Africa, he was known for riffing on the topics of race and politics, even using his mixed-race parentage to get laughs. Noting that his mother is a black South African and his father a white Swiss, he once told an audience, “I was born a crime,” according to a 2013 report in the Wall Street Journal.

And he has experience with wee-hours programming, He hosted a latenight show in South Africa for two seasons, according to a biography located at his website, which bills him as the first standup comedian from South Africa to appear on either NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” or CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”

But, of course, there’s this part:

Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.

There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned.

We likely won’t find out the replacement for many months.

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