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Trevor Noah pays tribute to former host Jon Stewart as he takes over The Daily Show

Published 29/09/2015 | 08:22

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah paid tribute to Jon Stewart, the man he replaces on The Daily Show, during his first few minutes on air as the new host.

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“I can assume that this is as strange for you as it is for me,” he said. “Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host. He was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways, our political dad. And it’s weird, because dad has left. And now it feels like the family has a new stepdad – and he’s black. Which is not ideal.”

Jon Stewart breaks down with Stephen Colbert on his final The Daily Show
Jon Stewart breaks down with Stephen Colbert on his final The Daily Show

Noah (31) took over the reins as Stewart decided to move on in August after 16 years in the hot seat.

The newcomer elicited laughs from the audience by discussing why Comedy Central did not choose a woman for the gig.

“Well, it turns out that Comedy Central did ask women to host, and the women they asked turned the job down because they had better things to do and clearly knew something I didn’t,” he said.

However, he closed his opening with a touching tribute to Stewart, saying he was "more than just a late night host."

Jon Stewart makes his emotional retirement announcement on The Daily Show
Jon Stewart makes his emotional retirement announcement on The Daily Show

“Many people are part of the reason that I’m sitting here today, but above all I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge one man, and that’s Jon Stewart,” he added.

“Thank you, Jon. Thank you for believing in me. I’m not quite sure what you saw in me, but I’ll work hard every day to find it. And I’ll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid in Africa.”

He also joked about Pope Francis' visit to the US and the discover of water on Mars, which he said gives us "a new planet to colonise, just when we find out that Volkswagen has been destroying the Earth."

Comedian Kevin Hart was his very first guest.

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