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The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has undergone emergency surgery to remove his appendix.

Trevor Noah, 31, took over as host of The Daily Show in September replacing Jon Stewart, who stepped down after 16 years.

Comedy Central canceled the live show on November 4 and aired a repeat, but said “the procedure went well” and Trevor Noah was “currently recuperating from surgery”.

The channel tweeted: “We expect he and the show will be back with an original episode tomorrow.”

Fellow late night TV host Jimmy Fallon, of The Tonight Show, was one of the people who wished Trevor Noah well on Twitter.

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Jimmy Fallon tweeted: “Hey @Trevornoah, tell everyone at the hospital I said hey! Get better soon buddy!”

Before taking over as host on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah made his debut as an international correspondent in December.

Trevor Noah appeared on three different occasions on The Daily Show before being offered the top slot. His first show on September 28 received mixed reviews from critics.

During the first four weeks as host, audience figures rose 20% among young adults aged 18-24.

Trevor Noah is the third host of The Daily Show.

Prior to Jon Stewart, Craig Kilborn was the first face of the series from July 1996 to December 1998.

Trevor Noah, the son of a black South African woman and a white Swiss man, comes from South Africa’s biggest township of Soweto.


Trevor Noah made his debut as The Daily Show host, replacing Jon Stewart who left last month.

The show’s new host is best known as a stand-up comedian, but also made several appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent.

Trevor Noah, 31, has had a mixed reception from critics after his first show as a host.

The South African comedian made a “smooth transition” into the role on Comedy Central’s satirical news show, according to Variety.

Deadline called the evening “mostly inoffensive but also mostly flat”.The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

TV columnist Brian Lowry said he looked “more at ease and in command than he ever did as a correspondent”.

Jon Stewart stepped down after 16 years at the helm of the influential show and Trevor Noah’s appointment was announced in March.

“No memories of Stewart and his storied reign have been usurped or replaced,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

“Nor, however, have they been sullied.”

Trevor Noah’s opening monologue kicked off with a joke about growing up on the dusty streets of South Africa, where his only two dreams were hosting The Daily Show and having an indoor toilet.

“Now I have both. And I’m quite comfortable with one of them,” he said.

Paying tribute to Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah said: “He was often our voice, our refuge and in many ways our political dad,” before joking, “Now it feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he’s black. Which is not ideal.”

This week’s guests are Whitney Wolfe, the CEO of dating site Bumble and co-founder of Tinder, the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie and musician Ryan Adams – who last week released an album of cover versions based on Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.


Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports.

The 31-year-old South African comedian made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show in December 2014.

Trevor Noah’s first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.”

Jon Stewart announced he would be stepping down in January. He has hosted The Daily Show for 16 years.

The presenter has yet to set a timetable for his departure, but the selection of a replacement should make the task easier.

Producers will want to give Trevor Noah time to settle into this new role before next year’s presidential election.

Speaking to the New York Times from Dubai, where he is on tour, the comedian Trevor Noah expressed disbelief at his appointment.Trevor Noah The Daily Show

“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” he said.

“You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

In a statement, Jon Stewart said: “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor.

“He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”

Jon Stewart added he “may rejoin [The Daily Show] as a correspondent just to be a part of it!”

Under Jon Stewart’s guidance, The Daily Show has become one of the most important political programs on US television.

Even though Jon Stewart insists he is a comedian, not a journalist, his passionate monologues on politics, race and social justice exert a real influence on political debate in the United States.

Trevor Noah is a relative unknown in the US, but has hosted numerous television shows – including his own late night talk show – in South Africa.

Writing on Twitter, Trevor Noah said: “No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”

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The HBO announcement to commission two more series of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, has ended rumors that the comedian may replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

John Oliver launched Last Week Tonight in 2014 after seven years as one of Jon Stewart’s sidekicks on The Daily Show.

He was mentioned as a possible new Daily Show host after Jon Stewart announced last week that he is to stand down.

The new HBO deal means John Oliver will present 35 episodes of Last Week Tonight per year in 2016 and 2017.

The announcement comes three days after his late-night chat show won the Writers’ Guild of America award for best comedy/variety series.

John Oliver rose to fame after joining The Daily Show as its Senior British Correspondent in 2006.John Oliver and Jon Stewart Daily Show

In 2013, John Oliver stood in for Jon Stewart for eight weeks while the host was shooting a film. John Oliver received positive reviews, with some critics suggesting he should eventually succeed Stewart.

Other possible contenders to replace Jon Stewart include Tina Fey, Jessica Williams and Amy Poehler.

“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said.

“His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”

In the first season of Last Week Tonight, which ended last November, John Oliver covered topics including net neutrality, Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws, Miss America, climate change and civil forfeiture abuse by the police.

The second series of 35 episodes began earlier this month. The show is produced by the US arm of Britain’s Avalon Television.

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Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after 16 years.

The show host made the announcement on last night’s edition.

“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you,” said Jon Stewart, announcing his decision to step down from The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart joined the nightly news satire in 1999 as a stand-up, but leaves as one of America’s most listened-to political commentators, and a bête-noire of the conservative establishment.

His departure leaves a big hole in the show, and Comedy Central will be relieved that Jon Stewart has yet to set an end date.Jon Stewart quits the Daily Show in 2015

Speaking on the show last night, Jon Stewart said his contract runs out in September, but his final show “might be in December, might be July. We’re still working out details”.

The most likely candidates to replace Jon Stewart on the show – Steven Colbert and Larry Wilmore – have recently taken new jobs, effectively ruling them out of the running.

Here are some of the other possible runners:

  • The Daily Show‘s youngest reporter, Jessica Williams is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the comedy “improv” troupe set up by Amy Poehler.
  • The Daily Show‘s “senior British correspondent” John Oliver
  • The show correspondent, Canadian comedian Jason Jones
  • Comedy Central star Amy Schumer
  • Chris Rock
  • SNL’s Michael Che
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Jon Stewart will leave Comedy Central’s The Daily Show later this year.

The comedian said it had “been an absolute privilege” to have been at the helm of the satirical show since 1999.

Jon Stewart will leave the show later this year.

“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you,” he told his audience on February 10.

Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless paid tribute, saying: “His comedic brilliance is second to none.”

Jon Stewart’s show has often been cited as a leading news source for young people, with an average audience of one million viewers.

His targets – and his guests – have been politicians and public figures, addressed in tones that are often indignant, or teasing.Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show

The Daily Show has also been a launch pad for several well-known comic performers, including Steve Carell and John Oliver, as well as Stephen Colbert.

“I’m going to miss being on television every day,” Jon Stewart said.

“I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here. They’re creative and collaborative and kind.

“It’s been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, for hate-watching it, whatever reason you are tuning in for.”

Jon Stewart said he was not sure exactly when he would leave, or what he would do next.

In 2013, the comdien took time out to direct a film, Rosewater, about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned and accused of spying.

“I don’t have any specific plans,” he said.

“Got a lot of ideas, got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people.”

Comedy Central has not said who will replace Jon Stewart.

His departure comes after the network lost Stephen Colbert, another major comedy figure, who left to take over David Letterman’s late night show on CBS.

In a statement, Michele Ganeless said: “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.”

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Patrick Stewart shared the story behind his Halloween lobster costume on The Daily Show.

Patrick Stewart, 73, has become something of a social media sensation of late – especially when it comes to posting wacky things on his Twitter account.

The veteran actor caused a stir when he shared a picture of himself dressed as a lobster to wish his followers a happy Halloween.

Patrick Stewart has become something of a social media sensation with his Halloween lobster costume

Patrick Stewart has become something of a social media sensation with his Halloween lobster costume

Patrick Stewart opened with a poignant line about the Rob Ford and Rand Paul scandals that knocked Jon Stewart back. Jon Stewart quickly turned the conversation away from world politics because he wanted to know everything about the lobster costume.

Patrick Stewart’s Halloween getup has a sweet story behind it, but it still managed to earn him some blowback from the hardcore crustacean fanboy community on Twitter.

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In real-life, Hugh Grant is a “big pain in the a**”, according to Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has gone so far as to say that Hugh Grant will never again be allowed on his show.

Hugh Grant was blasted by Jon Stewart for being rude to his staff and the show host says he will never be invited back.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey recently, Jon Stewart said: “He’s giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the a**. And we’ve had dictators on the show.”

Jon Stewart also revealed Hugh Grant complained about the clip of his flop movie Did You Hear About The Morgans?, which was played on the show, asking: “What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip” to which the host replied: “Well, then make a better f***ing movie.”

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has gone so far as to say that Hugh Grant will never again be allowed on his show

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has gone so far as to say that Hugh Grant will never again be allowed on his show

Hugh Grant welcomed his first child Tabitha last September after a “fleeting affair” with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong but insisted while he likes her “very much”, that she hasn’t changed his life.

He said: “(People) said never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting. But I am excited, actually.

“I thought, well, I’ll bluff through – but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much. Fantastic. Has she changed my life? I’m not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no. But I’m absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really am.

“And I feel a better person. There probably is some truth that one of our main functions on the planet is to reproduce, because it feels like more of an achievement than it should do.”


Jon Stewart’s interview with Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ mistress, on The Daily Show in January was more than a little awkward.

David Petraeus stepped down Friday after confessing to cheating on his wife of 37 years, Holly – calling his behavior “unacceptable” for a senior administration official.

But before all that, back in January, biographer-turned-mistress Paula Broadwell appeared on the show to pitch her book All In.

About three and a half minutes into the clip, Jon Stewart and Paula Broadwell talk about how the two got chummy while in Afghanistan.

While embedded, said Paula Broadwell, she and David Petraeus would go running in the mountainous Afghanistan capital of Kabul while interviewing Petreaus for her book.

But it started in Washington, D.C.

“I was among the students invited by the school to meet with the general at a dinner afterward, because of my military background,” she explained.

“I introduced myself to then–Lieutenant General Petraeus and told him about my research interests; he gave me his card and offered to put me in touch with other researchers and service members working on the same issues.”

Paula Broadwell added that this was not a one-off as he often “does a lot of mentoring”.

As she pursued her PhD in public policy in 2008, Paula Broadwell contacted David Petraeus to ask if she could interview him and they kept in touch via email.

“A few months into my research, General Petraeus, who was then leading Central Command, invited me to go for a run with him and his team along the Potomac River during one of his visits to Washington,” she wrote.

“I figured I could interview him while we ran.”

She explained that, after earning varsity letters in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track, she wanted to test him to see if he could keep up with her as she interviewed him.

“Instead it became a test for me,” Paula Broadwell she said.

“As we talked during the run from the Pentagon to the Washington Monument and back, Petraeus progressively increased the pace until the talk turned to heavy breathing and we reached a six-minute-per-mile pace. It was a signature Petraeus move.”

Paula Broadwell appeared in January on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote David Petraeus biography

Paula Broadwell appeared in January on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote David Petraeus biography

She insisted that these mile-long runs together were nothing out of the ordinary.

“This is a typical mechanism for him to get to know young people,” she said.

“He’s done it throughout his life. That was the foundation of our relationship.”

Jon Stewart then asks if other people in his embed “resent [David Petraeus’] success” and reputation.

“He realizes he’s seen as an extremely ambitious individual. You want somebody who’s ambitious and driven, and who has a will to win. … He goes all-in to what he does.”

Apparently, Paula Broadwell, 40, goes “all in”, too.

Ambition is also second-nature to Paula Broadwell, who practically strives out loud.

According to her book, Paula Broadwell received a degree in political geography and systems engineering from West Point, where she was ranked No. 1 over all in fitness in her class. In high school, she was valedictorian and homecoming queen. She’s even been model for a machine gun manufacturer, reported The New York Times.

“I was driven when I was younger,” Paula Broadwell was quoted as saying on her official Web site, which was taken down Friday.

“Driven at West Point where it was much more competitive in that women were competing with men on many levels, and I was driven in the military and at Harvard, both competitive environments.

“But now, as a working mother of two, I realize it is more difficult to compete in certain areas. I think it is important for working moms to recognize that family is the most important.”

In her biography on the Penguin Speakers Bureau Web site says that she is a research associate at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She received a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

A self-described “soccer mom” and an Ironman triathlete, Paula Broadwell became a fixture on the Washington media scene after the publication of her book about David Petraeus. In a Twitter message this summer, she bragged about appearing on a panel at the Aspen Institute, a policy group.

“Heading 2 @AspenInstitute 4 the Security Forum tomorrow! Panel (media & terrorism) followed by a 1v1 run with Lance Armstrong,” she wrote.

“Fired up!”

At six minutes into the chat, Paula Broadwell brings up her husband, Dr. Scott Broadwell, when discussing whether or not David Petreaus would run for president.

“My husband wants me to say he is, because it’ll sell more books,” she says.

“I’m sorry, honey! I couldn’t do it!”

“That was the most awesome sellout I’ve ever seen in my life,” Jon Stewart says.

“So integrity’s running in the whole family, I guess.”

Jon Stewart summed up Paula Broadwell’s book by saying: “I would say the real controversy here is, is he awesome or incredibly awesome?”

A short time later, according to The New York Times, Paula Broadwell challenged Jon Stewart to a push-up contest, which she won handily. Jon Stewart had to pay $1,000 to a veterans’ support group for each push-up she did beyond his total. Paula Broadwell said that he wrote a check for $20,000 on the spot.

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Jon Stewart dropped the F-bomb as he excitedly accepted his 10th consecutive trophy for best variety series at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

But TV bosses jumped in just in the nick of time and managed to bleep the expletive before it made it to air.

Jon Stewart began his acceptance speech by noting that The Daily Show deals in topical comedy, “which has the shelf life of egg salad”.

He added that the Emmy does indicate The Daily Show has some value.

Jon Stewart dropped the F-bomb as he excitedly accepted his 10th consecutive trophy for best variety series at the Emmy Awards

Jon Stewart dropped the F-bomb as he excitedly accepted his 10th consecutive trophy for best variety series at the Emmy Awards

In some future age, Jon Stewart went on to say, holding his Emmy aloft, aliens arriving on Earth “will find a box of these”.

“And they will know how predictable these f****** things are,” he added.

When his win was announced, rivals Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon wrestled him to the ground in a mock fight in the audience.

Jon Stewart was decidedly out of breath when he finally made it to the stage.

“I’m not in the kind of shape I should be in to do a bit with Jimmy Fallon!” he said.

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