Trevor Noah is confirmed as the new host of the “Daily Show,” and one of the show’s co-creators is absolutely stoked the show is not helmed by a white man any longer.
Appearing on “News Nation” with MSNBC host Tamron Hall, the show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead remarked that her initial reaction to the Noah’s hiring was, “thank god it’s not a white guy.”
“When you heard the name, tell the truth, what was your gut reaction?” Hall asked the show’s founder.
“My gut reaction was thank god it’s not a white guy,” said Winstead. “I have to be honest.”
“Why did that matter to you?!” asked a surprised Hall
“I just really wanted to have a wide swath of a different kind of lens in the ‘Daily Show,'” Winstead said.
The announcement of Noah replacing retiring host Jon Stewart was welcomed on Monday, although he implied on the show that U.S. is worse than Apartheid South Africa. Noah has also made anti-Israeli jokes on his Twitter feed in the past. (RELATED: Is New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Anti-Israel?)
“What about a woman?” Hall asked.
“A woman would have been awesome too,” Winstead said. “I was like, oh good, they actually didn’t go with another guy who could fit the bill. And I was excited.”
“I went back — I was kind of like everybody else,” Winstead said. “Trevor is famous outside of the United States and his — like I, when he started on the ‘Daily Show’ I followed him on Twitter then and I watched some of his stand-up and story is compelling.”
“He was born in Apartheid South Africa to a black mother and Swiss dad, and he talks about that stuff brilliantly,” Winstead explained. “So I was psyched.”