Jon Stewart says Trevor Noah made The Daily Show better

Trevor Noah.
Trevor Noah.
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  • Former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has praised Trevor Noah's work on the late-night talk show.
  • The 57-year-old hosted the show from 1999 to 2015.
  • In 2017 Comedy Central renewed the show with Trevor until 2022.
  • The show has continued to film from Trevor's home during quarantine.

Former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart said in an interview with Howard Stern that the show has evolved since Trevor Noah took over.

The 36-year-old took over as host of the satirical news program in 2015 after being the Senior International Correspondent for the show.

During an interview on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show, Jon had high praise for Trevor.

"The evolution of the show was also about opening our eyes to some of the realities of business around us.

"When we started it was pretty much like everything in late-night comedy that sort of Harvard Lampoon school of pasty white guys sitting in a room. Evolving the show past that took a really long time. It was a lot of work and often times it came with defensiveness," he added.

The 57-year-old also acknowledged that what they did before was "diversity for diversity's sake".

"We don't have enough women writers, let's hire a woman. We don't have enough black writers, let's hire a black person.

"But what we realised is we weren't changing the system, we were just granting access to a club everybody should have had access to in the first place," he said.

Jon said that it took 16 years for things to change because he didn't have that type of mindset, but Trevor does.

"It flows from him naturally. You don't do it because necessarily it's the right thing to do - it makes it better. The show is better."


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