Filling Trevor Noah’s seat on “The Daily Show” may not be a snap.
Comedy Central is considering using a rotating cast of hosts on “The Daily Show” after the program returns from hiatus following Trevor Noah’s departure in December, three people familiar with the matter said. The Paramount Global-backed cable network is developing a variety of options, some of these people said, and it’s unclear whether the plans have been finalized. The network said it intended to put the show on hiatus after Trevor Noah’s broadcast, which ended on December 8, and plans to bring it back on January 17 as part of what the network called a “reinvention.”
In the night arena, succession is not so easy. According to people familiar with the situation, Noah’s decision to leave surprised many of the show’s producers and executives, which means Comedy Central won’t have much time to ponder the direction of the show without him.
Comedy Central He faced a similar dilemma in 2015, when Jon Stewart announced his intention to step down in February of that year. However, the execs had months of notice before finalizing the signing, allowing them to consider the show’s anchor prospects — who at the time included Samantha Bee — or outsiders (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were among those considered in the running). time).
Comedy Central declined to comment on executives. “Over time, we will move on to the next season of ‘The Daily Show,’ and all of our amazing reporters will be at the top of this list,” the network said in a previous statement. In the meantime, we will focus on honoring Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions.
Some of the “Daily Show’s” comics fan base is now paying attention, with two people familiar with the matter speculating that reporter Roy Wood Jr. or announcer Jordan Klepper (who once hosted a program after “The Daily”) could succeed. Noah. Wood recently jumped to CAA for representation, feeling he needed a new attorney to take his career to new heights. But the show has other featured actors, including Desi Lidich and Ronnie Ching.
In a different era, TV networks love to commission behind-the-scenes series. These days, some are open to public screening of new candidates. Fox News Channel, for example, relied on rotating hosts on multiple programs after an anchor or co-host left.