(AllHipHop News) After 16 years at the helm, Jon Stewart is stepping away from The Daily Show desk later this year. South African comedian Trevor Noah is replacing Stewart at the Comedy Central late night program, but a famous African-American comic reportedly wanted the job as well.
The New York Times Magazine published an in-depth article about the cable network which featured a segment on The Daily Show. The story revealed Chris Rock was interested in briefly taking over for Stewart when he steps down in August.
The publication reports:
Chris Rock considered signing on, but not past Nov. 8, 2016: He wanted to cede the desk to a more permanent replacement after the next election. [Kent] Alterman [president of content and original programming at Comedy Central] acknowledged that Comedy Central “had a lot of conversations with different people,” but Noah, who had appeared several times on The Daily Show, was a favorite of Stewart’s, and he won the network over. “Trevor’s the only person we made an offer to,” Alterman said.
Watch Chris Rock’s 2014 appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart below.