NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s been a while since America has seen a black late-night show host in the person of Arsenio Hall (late 1980’s to mid 1990’s).
White male comedians and talk show hosts have dominated late nights on the boob tube. But are they now a dying breed in America? Apparently so. They’re all retiring or moving on to something new — the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. And the television networks are having a very hard time finding their replacements who are, well — male and white.
On Monday, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah, a biracial South African will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of “The Daily Show” when the latter steps down later this year.
One can just imagine the shock with which White America learned of Stewart’s replacement. “Comedy Central is going nuts,” said one late-night TV redneck fan. “How dare they put someone on late night TV who looks like just 13% of the population?”
“He’s not even an American,” quipped another talk show enthusiast from Texas. (Nevermind that talk show hosts Craig Ferguson is Scottish and both James Cordon and John Oliver are Brits).
Noah will become the second black late-night show host when he takes over ‘The Daily Show,’ joining Larry Wilmore, who is also black, host of ‘The Nightly Show.’
As the British like to say, “Keep Calm” America, White is on the way out. Black is in. Can we all just get along?