Trevor Noah is getting ready to cover the 2016 presidential election in succeeding Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. “I am approaching [election year] with glee,” he said during the EW Emmys Party Friday night in Los Angeles, and it’s thanks in part to Donald Trump.
”I genuinely am enjoying it, enjoying seeing the faces and the people and the fact that material is delivered to me,” he said. “This is a wonderful thing that I appreciate, and Jon did that on purpose, so kudos to him. And Donald Trump has made it even more pleasurable, so I’m really enjoying the whole process, just getting involved in it. And the American elections are huge all over the world, so for me to be a part of this now, this is a wonderful moment for me.”
Noah begins his stint on The Daily Show on Sept. 28, but he already addressed Trump and the other Republican candidates on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. According to him, nobody in the recent debate said anything of real substance over the course of its three-hour run.
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While Noah told EW he’s excited for the opportunity to host The Daily Show, he described the format as “a massive undertaking.”
“I think we’re learning that it doesn’t have to be one or the other, that’s the great thing about the show,” he said. “I would never insult The Daily Show and throw out everything that works just because people think there should be a change, and at the same time, I wouldn’t be afraid to try something a little bit different. Already the fact that Jon is out of the chair is a big change, bringing on new correspondents, changing how the show looks a little bit, so it’s going to be an evolution rather than a revolution, which is going to be fun to grow into, because we’re on every single day for a long, long time, hopefully.”
Reporting by Mary Sollosi.