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  • Trevor Noah Will Take Over The Daily Show

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    Since Jon Stewart announced his retirement from The Daily Show, the Comedy Central news entertainment program he’s hosted since 1999, speculation has been wild with who would replace him. It’s been especially of interest because there was no clear frontrunner. John Oliver, who filled in for Stewart two summers ago to much acclaim, would have been that frontrunner if his own HBO news program, Last Week Tonight, wasn’t becoming a bigger and bigger hit with each passing week.

    Stephen Colbert may have been expected to leave his own follow-up Report to return and helm The Daily Show, but David Letterman quashed that possibility when he and CBS chose Colbert as his successor for The Late Show. Colbert’s mainstream talk show will air later this year.

    Focus then shifted to the correspondents on The Daily Show, including long-time veterans and real-life married couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. Jones will be starring in a new NBC sitcom and Bee will be helming a new talk show on TBS directly competing with The Daily Show. Fellow correspondent Jessica Williams was predicted to host in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but Williams quickly responded herself that she was too inexperienced for the job.

    So, after a weekend plus of rumors, current correspondent Trevor Noah will be replacing Jon Stewart and hosting the venerated show sometime next year. Though Noah is only 31 and has only been on the show since October, he has hosted a nightly talk show before, in his native South Africa. Noah has also been making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian and is currently touring in Dubai. Comedy Central choice in selecting Trevor Noah, a young, talented, up-and-coming South African star, also signals their effort to broaden diversity in all of their programming.

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    March 30, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4334

  • John Oliver in for Two More Seasons of ‘Last Week Tonight’

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    john oliverWith the recent announcement of long-time news satirist Jon Stewart stepping down from his Comedy Central show, The Daily Show, much speculation has surrounded the notion that former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver would fill Stewart’s shoes.

    However, with Oliver hosting a successful weekly show of his own, Last Week Tonight, on HBO, one could argue why Oliver would leave a good thing. After all, don’t fix what isn’t broke. Well, rumors came to a close with Deadline’s report that HBO has in fact renewed Last Week Tonight for two more seasons.

    Season three will air on HBO in 2016, followed by season four in 2017. “We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says. “His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”

    Oliver’s show has become quite popular with Stewart’s demographic as well as the writing community in general. The Writer’s Guild recently awarded the show with Best Comedy/Variety Series award.

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    February 19, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4637

  • Jon Stewart Says Farewell to The Daily Show

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    Fans of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show got some sad news yesterday, as it was announced that host Jon Stewart will be leaving this year.

    Shortly after the network’s president, Michele Ganeless, released a statement about the host’s departure from the show, Stewart himself revealed the information to his live studio audience.

    You can see the clip of his announcement below:

    For over 16 years Stewart has been delivering nightly news story with a satirical twist. And although he has continuously claimed that he is “just a comedian,” it is clear to everyone that this isn’t completely true. His show has been a must-stop for anyone seeking political office, for example.

    Since 1999, The Daily Show has developed into the primary news source for a large portion for the millennial generation. The show has picked up 20 Emmy Awards along the way. And Stewart came away with an entertainer of the year award in 2004, beating out all the typical performers you would expect to win.

    Whether you agree with the political views of the “fake news” host, it’s hard to deny the impact he has had on society (which includes launching the careers of several other hosts like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver).

    In fact, it Stewart’s willingness to bring his views into the show that likely contributed to the show’s great success. People who agree with him watch the show, but so do people that disagree. Stewart actually thanked people who “hate-watch” his show during his announcement.

    Although there was no clear reason given for the departure, Stewart did hint that he was restless and that the show and audience deserved better. This isn’t the first time he clued us in on his potential future plans, however.

    During his leave from the show to pursue directing Rosewater, Stewart had mentioned that the The Daily Show may not be enough; that there is more out there.

    There are rumors that working on Rosewater has opened up more doors for Stewart to work on feature length filmmaking projects. But whatever the future holds, and although the host jokingly stated that his future plans involve having dinner with his family, it’s hard to imagine that the show is the last we’ll be seeing him.

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    February 11, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4597