As for "The Daily Show" getting the host it "deserves?" Stewart couldn't be more sure Trevor Noah has vastly improved the show. "It's not meant as a denigration of me," Stewart, 57, said on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Thursday, June 25.
"It took 16 years to change it at a glacial pace," he continued. By contrast, Stewart looks to 37-year-old Noah — who's not only younger and more involved with the important social media conversations happening today but also brings with him the experience of growing up under Apartheid in South Africa with mixed race parents — and sees a host who can better identify areas where "The Daily Show" can improve or get more engaged.
"… That kind of mindset … because I didn't grow up in it … it's not a part of me," Stewart said. "For Trevor, it's a part of him. It flows from him naturally. You don't do it because necessarily it's the right thing to do — it makes it better. The show is better."