Later today Comedy Central (DStv 122) will name South African comedian Trevor Noah as the replacement host for The Daily Show on Comedy Central (DStv 122) The New York Times reports.
After only three appearances since December on The Daily Show, the Viacom pay-TV channel will announce that Trevor Noah is taking over as the new host in the place of Jon Stewart who announced his retirement last month. Jon Stewart's contract ends in September.
News leaked over the weekend that Trevor Noah was the frontrunner to replace Stewart.
Before appearing on The Daily Show since December, Trevor Noah appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013, and early in 2012 became the first South African comedian and "first African comedian" to appear and do stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
His Showtime channel stand-up special, Trevor Noah: African American was broadcast in 2013.
Although Trevor Noah on The Daily Show plays an uninformed American, clueless of international events and is seen as African-American, his mother is South African and his father is Swiss.
Noah, repped by Creative Artists Agency in America, previous did his own local talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net from August 2010 which lasted two seasons. His Nationwide Comedy Tour has just been added by MultiChoice to DStv's DStv BoxOffice video-on-demand service.
Trevor Noah's appointed as new host of The Daily Show comes after only three appearances on the satirical news show.
"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Jon Stewart says in a statement. "He is a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with. I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!"