Trevor Noah’s face no longer adorns its signature 11th Avenue billboard, but tonight (January 17) Hell’s Kitchen’s longest-running late night program returns to the neighborhood as a new chapter of The Daily Show begins — this time with a star-studded slew of guest hosts to fill the void left by its former host.
There’s no word yet on an official, permanent replacement for the South African comedian — who filmed his final Daily Show taping in December after seven years on the job — the Comedy Central program has a rich roster of well-known comedians cycling through NEP studios over the coming months with Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones kicking off the show’s guest host series.
Jones, known for her five year tenure on SNL, as the enthusiastic host of NBC’s Supermarket Sweep and her pitch-perfect Olympic Games and election commentary will be followed by stints from Wanda Sykes, DL Hughley, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman through mid-February. John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Marlon Wayans and Al Franken are also on the docket, with more dates still to be announced.
“Trevor redefined the show, as did Jon Stewart before him, and as we look to the future, we are excited to reimagine it yet again with the help of this incredible list of talent and correspondents along with the immensely talented Daily Show team,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of Paramount Media Networks.
The Daily Show has been a fixture on the West Side for over 25 years, with the first iteration of the current events comedy program hosted by Craig Kilborn and filmed at the now-defunct Hudson Hotel (then WNET studios) until 1998. When John Stewart took over as host, production moved to NEP Studios on W54th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue and stayed there until 2005, when it moved westward to its current home, the NEP Studio location at 11th Avenue between W51st and W52nd Streets.
While the production took a few brief hiatuses from its 11th Avenue post — filming remotely out of Trevor Noah’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and briefly at Paramount’s Times Square studio — The Daily Show returned to 11th Avenue for the last few months of Noah’s tenure and will remain there for the upcoming guest host cycle.
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West Side fans will be sad to miss potential sightings of the former host and Hell’s Kitchen local, who recently listed his neighborhood penthouse for a cool $12.9 million before heading out on a world tour, but they can look forward to a plethora of potential celebrity sightings as The Daily Show’s guests hosts head to HK!