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'The Daily Show': New Host Trevor Noah Says Less Fox News Bashing Ahead

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Host Trevor Noah speaks onstage during "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" panel discussion at the Viacom Networks portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 02:36 PM

"The Daily Show" will be going in a slightly different direction when Trevor Noah takes the reins from host Jon Stewart, Noah said Wednesday during the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour.

One major change Noah noted would take place when he takes over the Comedy central show in late September will be less Fox News bashing, which was one of Stewart’s favorite pasttimes.

"The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. ... The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source — which was historically Fox News.”

Noah, 31, joined "The Daily Show" as a contributor in 2014. The new host, originally from South Africa, is looking forward to offering a different perspective to the show.

"I think of it as an evolution rather than a revolution," Noah said of the transition, according to Fox News. "I am a big fan of 'The Daily Show,' so for me to break it would be blasphemy in my world."

Noah plans to keep the program’s format essentially the same while retaining most of Stewart’s writing staff.

“Things will change a little bit, but we are not going for a major overhaul,” Noah said, according to Fox News. “Right now I am looking at finding a way to incorporate the newer [social] media into the show while still keeping the core of what the show is. I look at the show like a car. This is the updated model but you should still see the classic signatures.”

Noah also plans to add more mimicry into his show, since he currently speaks seven languages and loves impersonating accents in his standup comedy.

“The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me,” Noah said, according to EW. “There’s an immense pressure, personally. But it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”

Stewart's final show will air Aug. 6.

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