THE Daily Show officials are aiming to hire a permanent host, The US Sun has learned exclusively from multiple sources.
The Emmy Award-winning show kicked off a new chapter on January 17 with guest host Leslie Jones.
Comedian Wanda Sykes has been hired as a guest presenter for next week.
After Wanda, prankster DL Hughley will host the week of January 30th, followed by Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman.
The US Sun has learned that while there are both men and women guests, ex-partners are more likely to substitute a woman for Trevor Noah.
“They are willing to hire a permanent hostess,” a source told The US Sun.
“A decision has not yet been made – it may be months – but they are strongly considering the next host to be a woman.”
The insider continued, “They’re considering a few different people at the moment and have even had one-on-ones with the likes of Chelsea Handler.
“Each week is basically a test to see who is the best fit. They want the next presenter to be loved by fans as much as Trevor Noah.”
Other announced guest presenters include Kal Penn, Marlon Wayans, Al Franken, John Leguizamo and Hasan Minhaj.
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The US Sun has reached out to The Daily Show for comment.
RESPONSE FROM THE AUDIENCE
An eyewitness exclusively attending a taping of The Daily Show this week told The US Sun that producers and crew are taking “notes” behind the scenes of audience reactions.
“During commercial breaks, the cameramen and producers would look back at the audience to see if they were enjoying watching Leslie host,” the eyewitness said.
“You definitely made observations.”
The eyewitness added: “The show could use a strong female lead. Behind the scenes, the staff are mostly middle-aged men.”
Leslie started the first week of the 2023 season with lots of laughs. Although she appeared “nervous” according to the eyewitness, who saw her holding a mini-fan in front of her face and taking a deep breath, the audience’s reaction was positive.
One person tweeted: “Love the energy she brought. You must keep them! If not, give her her own show. Leslie is clean [fire].”
Another user tweeted: “Quit all other guest presenters, Leslie Jones is amazing on The Daily Show.”
Someone else tweeted: “I have to say I love Leslie on ‘The Daily Show’!
Prior to her week as an innkeeper, Leslie appeared on Monday’s episode of The View.
Host Whoopi Goldberg asked the Saturday Night Live alumni if the new gig was something she’d be open to any day.
Without giving a direct answer, she explained that as a “cheerful” person, talking about politics every day would “break her down”.
“With what we’re going through in this nation, I have enough politics in my life to need to talk about it every day,” Leslie replied.
“Black women do stuff, and sometimes people listen to us when we come out and they’re just like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time you stop acting like that, now let’s act and pretend to have we some mind’.” She added.
Trevor announced the shocking news that he was leaving the Comedy Central show in September.
“After seven years, my time is up. Honestly in the most beautiful way. I loved hosting this show,” he announced during a taping.
“It was one of my greatest challenges, it was one of my greatest joys … we laughed together, we cried together.”
He continued: “What a journey it has been. It was absolutely amazing.”
The last episode of the political commentator was on December 8th.
Before his time as host, Jon Stewart was the longtime host from 1999 to 2015. And before him, Craig Kilborn was the original host from 1996-1998.
Though fans of The Daily Show are still upset about Trevor’s departure, he’s already made his next career move.
Minka Kelly’s ex recently embarked on his 2023 Off The Record comedy tour, which will run in the United States from January to December.
During this time he spends a few weeks abroad performing in the UK and in his hometown of South Africa.
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