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Funny Speculation: Kal Penn is Open to Hosting ‘The Daily Show’ After Trevor Noah’s Exit

Funny Speculation: Kal Penn is Open to Hosting ‘The Daily Show’ After Trevor Noah’s Exit

  • Variety magazine has named the Indian American actor and producer as a possible host of the late-night talk and satirical news television program.

Kal Penn is not denying speculations about becoming the next host of “The Daily Show.” Since the current host Trevor Noah announced is set to exit from the show next month, there’s been a search for his replacement. And one of those names is that of Penn. The actor made the disclosure in an appearance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” earlier this month when asked about an article in Variety that named him among potential people that could replace Noah.

“The Paramount Global network could look for a host well-versed in political comedy, or simply someone who has straddled the divide between Hollywood and Washington,” Variety said. “People like Samantha Bee, the former “Daily Show” correspondent, or Kal Penn, the actor who logged a stint in the Obama administration and hosted a short-lived late-night show on Disney’s Freeform, could have the experience Comedy Central is seeking,” the article noted.

Penn told Corden that he “grew up on Jon Stewart’s TV show” and “obviously, I revere Trevor Noah, so the mere fact that I was even mentioned in an article like that is a huge honor, I feel like I should leave it at that. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have that opportunity? It’s a show that I think many of us grew up on and just really appreciate.”

The Indian American who recently came out as gay will be seen in FX’s comedy pilot “Belated.” He will play a gay man in his 40s, who, along with his ex-wife Diana, attempts to find their new normal.

Penn became a household name after starring in“Harold and Kumar” films and as a sports medicine doctor on the hit TV show “House.” The New Jersey native has worked as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama’s Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Indian American who recently came out as gay will be seen in FX’s comedy pilot “Belated.” He will play a gay man in his 40s, who, along with his ex-wife Diana, attempts to find their new normal and take on new relationships while continuing to co-parent together. Last month, a few days before the Nov. 2 release of his memoir, “You Can’t Be Serious,” Penn announced his engagement to his partner of 11 years. In an interview, Penn told People that he met and fell in love with Josh, his fiancé, when he was living in Washington D.C., and working in the Obama administration.

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Penn is known for his starring roles in “Designated Survivor,” “House,” “The Namesake,” and the patriotic immigration sitcom “Sunnyside.” He recently wrapped production on the CBS drama “Clarice” and Freeform’s late-night youth election format show “Kal Penn Approves This Message.” Penn currently stars in the animated Disney Junior series “Mira, Royal Detective,” Nickelodeon’s “It’s Pony,” and the culinary competition series “Money Hungry” on Food Network.

He currently stars in the Disney+ limited series “The Santa Clause,” opposite Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell. He will play Simon Choksi, “an ambitious game inventor and product developer and a devoted single father,” according to an announcement from Disney +.

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