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Trevor Noah left the seat warm at The Daily Show and he’s enjoyed watching others sit in his old chair — particularly women and people of color.
Noah left his successful seven-year stint as host of the late night show in December. So far, Leslie Jones and Wanda Sykes have filled in as guest hosts, and D.L. Hughley has his seat at the table Monday night.
“I think it’s been amazing to see. I love Leslie. I remember Leslie and I working together way back in the day before either of us was on American TV, and this was us doing comedy clubs in and around the U.S. I was chatting to her and telling her how proud I am and enjoying it for her,” Noah told THR.
“Wanda is a legend,” he adds, “so seeing her enjoying herself, expressing herself — I’ve been loving all of it.”
The Daily Show debuted in 1996 with Craig Kilborn, with Jon Stewart taking it over in 1998 and hosting through 2015, followed by Noah. The Comedy Cental late night show has won 24 Emmys and last year it earned seven Emmy nominations, marking the most noms with Noah as host and the most of any late night franchise that year.
Chelsea Handler will fill in as guest host next week, followed by Sarah Silverman. Specific dates for upcoming guest hosts Marlon Wayans, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn and Al Franken have yet to be announced.
Since leaving the show, Noah kicked off his Off the Record Tour, which wraps in December. He’s also returning — for a third year — as host of the Grammy Awards, airing Sunday.
When asked if it was important that a person of color or women serve as official host of The Daily Show, Noah replied: “We live in a world where politics affects everybody and you want it to be a world where everybody’s opinion about that same politics is reflected in some way, shape or form. And when I was host of The Daily Show, I tried to make sure that my team was as diverse as possible so that you got those viewpoints. And many of those people are still there: Dulcé Sloan, Roy Wood Jr., etc,” Noah explained.
“So do I think it’s important? Definitely,” he continued. “And do I love what they’re doing? Completely.”
The Daily Show airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and is available the following morning on Paramount+.
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