Who will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show?
- Scott Henderson
- 11 February 2015
Hold on tightly to your loved ones: Jon Stewart is leaving late night television
By now you will have all heard the news. The people’s champion of evening talk shows and America’s satirist-in-chief, Jon Stewart, has announced he’s leaving The Daily Show after 17 years as host. Hopefully you’re all stocked up on fuel, dry goods and YouTube clips because the end is nigh...
Or perhaps it isn’t. Just like you, we’re extremely disappointed Stewart won’t be skewering Fox News, mocking deserving politicians and generally giving voice to our inner dismay on a four-times weekly basis. Apparently he wants to have dinner with his family, or something similarly frivolous. There is hope however, because the list of possible replacements is really exciting. In fact, it might be even more exciting than Stephen Colbert replacing Letterman. There, we said it.
So who is top of our list to step into those very big shoes? Find out below. In the meantime, Glasgow Film Festival is coincidentally hosting the Scottish premiere of Stewart’s directorial feature debut, Rosewater (GFT, Sun 22 Feb; Grosvenor, Mon 23 Feb). So if you’re wondering what the 52-year old’s future might look like, get on down.
Please make this happen. At 25 Williams might be the youngest candidate for the job, but the comedian has been an absolute star since joining the show’s team of correspondents. A rapier-like wit, totally fearless and with a blend of blunt humour, poise and faux seriousness, Williams could be the most exciting replacement to watch take on the hosting seat. Given the changing landscape of social-media-political discourse, perhaps she is also best placed?
As The Daily Show’s longest-serving correspondent, Samantha Bee has got to come into the conversation. Bee recently chided correspondent and husband Jason Jones when he stepped into the hosting chair while Stewart was ill, staking her own claim. Perhaps she’ll get her wish? A funny and brilliantly stealthy interviewer, her familiarity with viewers would make the transition slightly less traumatic for all involved.
W. Kamau Bell
Much touted thanks in large part to his critically-appreciated (but ratings-not-so-much) show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX (later FXX), Bell has plenty of pedigree providing satire and commentary on political and social issues. That being said, Bell currently can be found retweeting support for Jessica Williams to get the job.
A long-shot outsider for the Letterman gig, Tyler is the current US host of Who’s Line is it Anyway? as well as The Talk and voicing Lana in Archer. A brilliant host, comedian and force-of-nature, Tyler has all the skills and talent stamp her pesronality on the gig.
Here’s another really fun possibility thanks to a Stewart-esque naive charm. One of the funniest stand-up comics of recent years, Che has appeared on The Daily Show as a correspondent before landing the co-anchor job on the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live. As a winner of New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, you better believe Che is going places.
Jason Jones, Larry Wilmore, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress.
Jon Stewart seems likely to be around for at least a six month farewell tour, which gives us plenty of time to get over the shock. Here’s the announcement from Comedy Central:
‘Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.’