Actor and comedian Roy Wood Jr. could soon be back as a full-time host on The Daily Show following Trevor Noah’s departure.
Noah, 38, announced on Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central show that he will soon be quitting after seven years.
Executives are now scrambling for potential replacements, and according to TMZ, one of the top contenders in the running seems to be the 43-year-old comedian.
Wood Jr. joined the show back in 2015 and has been one of the show’s lead correspondents ever since.
Sources told the outlet that the comic is currently in demand on the stand-up circuit. His popularity reportedly skyrocketed after starring in the 2022 film Confess, Fletch.
The comic’s contract is reportedly set to be renewed soon, but TMZ claims Wood Jr. hasn’t been told he’s a candidate yet as the process is still in the “infant stage.”
According to the outlet, it’s also possible that the next host could be a woman.
The Post has reached out to Comedy Central, Wood Jr. and representatives from Noah for comment.
Announcing his departure from the Late Night franchise in Thursday’s episodethought Noah about his anniversary coming up on the show.
“I kept thinking about everything we went through … and I realized that after seven years, my time was up,” Noah said.
Noah took over as the show’s presenter in 2015, succeeding Jon Stewart, who in turn took over from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and helped grow the show into a late-night force during its 16-year run.
“After seven years, I feel like it’s time,” Noah continued, describing how he wants to explore other areas of his life and misses “learning other languages, going to other countries and doing shows and just being anywhere and doing anything”.
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