Why is Roy Wood Jr. leaving The Daily Show?

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on June 5, Roy Wood Jr. attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for MTV)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on June 5, Roy Wood Jr. attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for MTV) /
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And with that, The Daily Show on Comedy Central is facing another major exit. When the series returns in mid-October, longtime correspondent Roy Wood Jr. won’t be there as he’s decided to leave the late-night talk and satirical news program after eight years on the job. He’s been a popular addition since joining in 2015, a fan-favorite as guest host during Trevor Noah’s departure as host, and has become a staple on the show. I’m definitely going to miss him, just like I miss Trevor Noah!

The reason Roy Wood Jr. decided to leave The Daily Show is because he wants to see what he can go next in his career, per NPR. He has been guest hosting in Noah’s absence as Comedy Central searches for a new host to take his place. But since the network hasn’t offered Wood Jr. the job, he felt like it was time to move on. While he doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing next yet, he knows he wants to move forward. We shared what he told NPR in an interview below:

"I can’t come up with Plan B while still working with Plan A. The job of correspondent…it’s not really one where you can juggle multiple things. [And] I think eight years is a good run."

The comedian said that he doesn’t know if he’s being considered one of the people to replace Noah, but he didn’t want to wait around while the cable channel has been working to decide who’s taking over next. However, Wood Jr. said it’s possible he would consider coming on as host if he was offered it. He told the media outlet the following:

"If you’re offered the chance to host The Daily Show at any point in your life…you have to stop for a second and consider that. The next question becomes, ‘What does The Daily Show look like in 2024? And what does late night look like in 2024?’"

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Trevor Noah attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Trevor Noah attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images) /

The search for a new host continues following Trevor Noah’s exit

Noah announced he was leaving his gig as late-night talk show host at the end of September 2022. It was done during a taping of an episode. He too decided to exit the show to do something else. That was focusing on his stand-up comedy.

His final episode was Dec. 8, 2023 and Comedy Central has been in search for a host since. That search has probably taken longer than expected due to the writers strike, which has now ended. No new episodes have aired since May because of the strike.

There’s been reports that Hasan Minhaj is in the lead to take over the role. However the network itself has not confirmed this information. I do think Minhaj is a good option, but honestly I believe the position should go to Wood Jr. if he’s willing to come back. The comedian is a familiar face to viewers and has proved that he’s up to the task while he provided guest hosting duties. I would definitely watch The Daily Show with Roy Wood Jr.! Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

The satirical news program is set to return Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. Episodes are also available to stream on Paramount+ the next day. While the search for a new host continues, there will be guest hosts to fill the spot. The network plans to decide on the permanent replacement by early 2024, per NPR. The new set of guest hosts hasn’t been announced yet. Minhaj, Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, Kal Penn, and more have previously guest hosted. Other late-night talk shows like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon returned in early October.

The Daily Show returns Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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