Roy Wood Jr. is still deciding whether he will stay with The Daily Show if he is not tapped to replace Trevor Noah as host. The comedian, who has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s late-night staple since 2015, was a guest on The Daily Beast’s The Last Laugh podcast.
When questioned about the possibility of taking over for Noah after his final episode as host airs on December 8, Wood said he would at least consider the position if it were offered, though he wasn’t yet certain how he might add his own personality to the show. You can’t pass up a chance like that, he said.
“You can’t turn your nose up at it, at least. I think you have to sit and assess what you want to do creatively, and that’s something I haven’t thought about yet.” The comedian, who debuted on The Daily Show on Noah’s first episode, which aired on September 28, 2015, called it a “beautiful thing” that he and his fellow correspondents, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, and Dulcé Sloan, might be in the running for the top job.
He noted that the correspondents have a “pre-installed relationship” with the audience, as opposed to a “more tumultuous” exchange when Noah replaced Jon Stewart. Wood also stated that he has considered how his role as a correspondent would change if he is not chosen to take over. When asked if he would return to the show with a new host, Wood said.
“It would depend on the host. It would depend on the creative direction of the show. What are you trying to do? And does that creative direction fit my comedic skill sets and give me an opportunity to show who I am?”
He explained that he has felt encouraged throughout his seven-year Daily Show tenure to pursue segments that align with his real-life interests. “I’ve never been told no when it was a weird thing that you might not think has humor,” Wood continued.
“So I would want to make sure that whatever I’m doing on television — and this is Daily Show and beyond — I want to make sure that it’s something that equates to the things I find funny, and the things that I’m curious about.”
On September 29, Noah made the unexpected announcement that he would be leaving the program, and to start off his speech, he mentioned that it was Wood who first reminded him of his seven-year hosting tenure.