The Daily Show extends Trevor Noah's contract for five years

In extending the stand-up's contract, Comedy Central is signaling a boost in confidence in the host after a rocky reception following Jon Stewart's departure in 2015. Trevor will also produce the year-end Daily Show specials.

"I'm thrilled to be continuing this fantastic journey with both fans of "The Daily Show" and Comedy Central", the host said in a statement.

Funnyman Trevor Noah will grace your living room television screen for another five years on The Daily Show. It's on at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central.

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Throughout Noah's second season, "Daily Show" has posted monthly and quarter gains compared with the previous year, the network said. The five-year extention was announced hot on heel of the show's win at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series with Daily Show: Between the Scenes. Stewart, after all, was a late-night legend.

He set new viewership records during the month of August, while the ratings for the 2017 calendar year also went up. The gains come as viewers turn to late-night hosts to find humor in the country's stark political divide. It was revealed for how much Noah's deal was worth but the network is very pleased with how Noah has been holding his own on the series. In May, Conan O'Brien, host of TBS' Conan, received a four-year extension until 2022.

He also announced Comedy Central is preparing to launch "The Opposition" on September 25. Sarah Babineau is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

Vanessa Coleman

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