Over the past few years, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has in many ways become the new “Saturday Night Live” of mining future talent. Steve Carell has become a huge movie star, Stephen Colbert has his own show, and even such other faces as Rob Corddry and Rob Riggle have each established cult followings in their own right.
So who could be joining their fold next? Judging by the news that he is departing the show after four years, it appears to be none other than Wyatt Cenac. Comedy Central confirmed the “correspondent’s” exit from the show on Monday, saying that they wish him “nothing but the best” moving forward.
If you are familiar with “The Daily Show” format, then you are probably well aware already that there will be no replacement to Cenac in the traditional sense. The show does not have a set number of correspondents, but rather just uses however many they see fit given that you only see a couple of them an episode on average (if that). Some of the other prominent members of the “news team” for the show include Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver.
The timing for Cenac’s exit also seems appropriate in many ways: he stuck around for the entirety of the Indecision 2012 election coverage (one of the show’s marquee events every four years), in addition to a few weeks afterwards in order to help talk about the immediate aftermath of President Obama’s re-election. Now, we will have the freedom to continue with his standup (which he did while on the show) and also pursue other opportunities.
Will you miss Cenac on the show moving forward, and who do you think is the best correspondent to ever spend time with Jon? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below!