South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports.
The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December.
His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.”
Stewart announced he would be stepping down in January. He has hosted the influential comedy show for 16 years.
The presenter has yet to set a timetable for his departure, but the selection of a new host should make the task easier.
Producers will want to give Noah time to settle into this new role before next year’s Presidential election.