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Stephen Colbert Books Trevor Noah for ‘Late Show’ Appearance

Stephen Colbert will welcome new “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah to “The Late Show” on Thursday night, Variety has confirmed.

Jon Stewart’s successor will visit the CBS late-night series along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and musical guest Chris Stapleton, replacing Naomi Watts, who was originally billed to appear.

Comedy Central is warming up for Noah’s “Daily Show” debut with a series of promos that play on the South African-born host’s cultural differences and youthful inexperience compared to Stewart — the latest shows Noah attempting to study up on the candidates for the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier this week, Vanity Fair drew controversy by publishing a late-night TV hosts feature with a photo spread comprised solely of men, inadvertently highlighting the ongoing gender imbalance in the field, despite upcoming shows from Samantha Bee (who added herself to the photo via Twitter) and Chelsea Handler.

Noah responded to the furor in Newsweek by noting, “Yes, that Vanity Fair [spread] is all men, which is what it is. But I guess what we need to look at is how is that evolving? The first step in that is you go, OK, there’s two men of color. That’s a big jump. Pretty soon there will be a woman that’ll be added to that. And there will probably be more women, which is gonna be fantastic. And over time, that’ll happen; it’s a conversation that we need to continue having.”

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premieres Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

Variety sister site Deadline first reported Noah’s booking.

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