The network has canceled tonight’s original episode, which was to have included Noah’s interview with The Diplomat director David Holbrooke. A repeat will air instead, but Comedy Central says Noah will be back behind the faux-anchor desk tomorrow night.
Noah’s only about 18 episodes in to his tenure as new Daily Show host, having replaced Jon Stewart on September 28. Comedy Central tapped the popular South African comedian, after much speculation about other possibles, in early March. In its announcement, the network was confirming word that had gotten out days earlier, and yet it came as something of a surprise, given that Noah had appeared on the show just three times before being named to the high-profile gig. He’d made his Daily Show debut as a senior international correspondent on December 4.
Meanwhile, HBO announced Tuesday Stewart is returning to television on their dime, via an exclusive four-year production pact. Unlike the pact fellow Daily Show alum (and substitute host) John Oliver signed with the pay cable network, Stewart’s agreement does not immediately call for him to launch a TV series. Stewart wrapped his 16-year run on The Daily Show in August.