Stephen Colbert Reveals His Picks for New Host of ‘The Daily Show’
Colbert addressed the situation on Thursday’s (October 27) episode of Hell of A Week with Charlamagne tha God, which airs after The Daily Show each Thursday and is executive produced by the late-night host. During his appearance on the show, Colbert was asked who he thought would make a good replacement for the departing Noah.
“Jon Stewart‘s available,” Colbert quipped. “He only does like 10 shows a year over at Apple. He could do The Daily Show at the same time.”
After being pushed for a more serious answer, he said, “I like Roy Wood Jr. a lot.” Wood has served as a correspondent on The Daily Show since 2015, a position that Colbert held when he was part of the long-running Comedy Central series.
When some members of the audience shouted out that a Black woman should have the role, Colbert named Jessica Williams as an option, which received a big round of applause.
“I don’t know if she wants it, but Jessica Williams, I thought she’d be great,” he said before joking that Comedy Central can no longer afford her because she’s she’s got all that “Harry Potter cash.”
Williams was a correspondent on The Daily Show between 2012 and 2016 and went on to host the popular comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens. In recent years, she starred in the Harry Potter sequels Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Charlamagne also brought up comedian Amber Ruffin, who Colbert agreed was great but noted she already has a gig on Peacock. Ruffin has hosted her own late-night show, The Amber Ruffin Show, on NBC and Peacock since 2020.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Weeknights, 11/10c, Comedy Central
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