NEW YORK (Reuters) - South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the host of the last-night comedy parody “The Daily Show” on Sept. 28, Comedy Central said on Thursday.
The Viacom Inc.-owned cable network made the announcement on its website and with a brief video of Noah, 31, testing out the set in the studio and sitting in the chair as Stewart came up from behind him.
“Welcome to ‘The Daily Show.’ Welcome with me Trevor Noah. I am ‘The Daily Show’” Noah said in the brief video clip.
The network announced that Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, would replace Stewart in May.
Stewart’s last show will be on Aug. 6 after hosting for 16 years in which he became one of America’s most popular political satirists.
Noah’s arrival marks another major shift for the comedy cable network. Comedian Larry Wilmore replaced Stephen Colbert earlier this year. Colbert left the network to succeed David Letterman, who retired from CBS’s “Late Show,” with a celebrity sendoff last week.
Shortly after Noah’s appointment was announced he faced a backlash of criticism for comments he made on Twitter about Jews and women.
But the comedian played down the controversy.
“To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” he said on Twitter.
Noah joined the show as a contributor in late 2014.
Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Cynthia Osterman