Late night television fans now await yet another personality to take centre stage. After Trevor Noah announced his exit from The Daily Show, the Comedy Central network are hard at work pursuing their next big name.
TMZ has reported that the network allegedly has comedian and commentator, Roy Wood Jr. as a frontrunner in the race.
According to the outlet, Jr’s long history with the show as a commentator has proved himself as a trusted name for the network’s executives.
TMZ also claim that the comedian will have to engage in negotiations shortly with The Daily Show as his current contract comes to an end. It seems, according to these reports that no matter the decision, Jr. is keen on sticking by the late night show.
Comedy Central: Correspondents will take priority as possible replacements
Comedy Central has since provided statement to TMZ, confirming: “In time, we will turn to the next chapter of The Daily Show and all of our incredible correspondents will be at the top of that list. Until then, we are focused on celebrating Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions.”
No decision at this stage in time is near confirmation.
Despite this, it can be confidently assumed that Jr. could very well be at the helm of The Daily Show in no time. The personality is already familiar to regular viewers of the show, working as an on air correspondent for a number of years.
Alongside this, comes what could truly define Jr’s chances. Roy Wood Jr. is an outspoken political pundit. The Daily Show has never shied from it’s role as a source of political humour and could very easily place it’s trust in Jr. to continue such a tradition.