With Trevor Noah now officially exiting, The Daily Show is scrambling for the next big name to fill one of the most decorated seats in late-night television. Could it be Ben Shapiro?
Speaking this week, The Daily Wire commentator addressed the rumour suggesting he could be next in line to replace Noah.
Shapiro responded to a piece published by the New York Times on him during a recent episode of his show.
“The headline is: Goodbye, Trevor Noah. Hello, Ben Shapiro. I’m Laughing to Keep From Crying. Cry more lib. Let me just say – I am not taking over Trevor Noah’s show,” Ben told viewers.
“I would say my show would be funnier than Trevor Noah’s because pretty much, drying paint is funnier than Trevor Noah is.”
The NYT article had users on Twitter baffled by the idea. One user on Twitter wrote this week: “Is Ben Shapiro taking over the Daily Show? Doesn’t seem like be would abandon the Daily Wire but it also is the 20’s. Weird decade”
For many years now, Shapiro and his network have taken a strong stance against today’s late-night lineup, mostly due to their left bias.
Shapiro claimed that the drop in ratings for hosts such as Stephen Colbert is linked to their inability to scrutinise “the left”.
The commentator’s words come after online users have claimed that the late-night lineup has refused to fairly criticise President Biden on a number of political issues.
No Shapiro, so who?
With Shapiro declaring that he has no intention of taking over The Daily Show, who can justifiably take on such a big job?
Rumours have been floating around for some time as to who could take over from Noah come 2023.
Back in October, it was reported that Comedy Central may attempt to completely revamp the show’s usual format. Instead, the late-night programme could see a number of different hosts on rotation, according to Variety.
In other cases, stars such as Roy Wood Jr. and Mo Gilligan have been named as possible candidates.
Either way, the network will have to consider a considerate gameplan if it has any chance of revitalising the success of Jon Stewart’s reign.
Comedy Central could attempt to take on a more politically neutral host who in theory could bridge the gap between an increasingly polarised television circle.
The new host will already have to compete with Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld who has led the ratings in the late-night category in recent months.
Who do you think will take over from Trevor Noah after he exits the show? Let us know in the comments section below.