Comedian Leslie Jones will be the first guest host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Its first episode airs Tuesday at 11pm ET, and Jones will be the first host since Trevor Noah stepped down in December.
The show’s upcoming guest hosts include Wanda Sykes, DL Hughley, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman, with Jones leading the star-studded cast. In addition to hosting on Tuesday, Jones will continue to host throughout the week, with shows on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Get ready news! I’m coming for you,” Jones said in a promo for her future appearance.
Jones is best known for her time on Saturday Night Live, where she was a writer and cast member from 2014 to 2019 — roles she believes prepared her for her time as host, Jones shared during appearing on “CBS Morning” on Monday.
She and host Gayle King also joked about Jones’ portrayal of King in a sketch of King’s famous film an interview with singer R. Kelly, now convicted of a sex crime.
Jones is also known for appearing in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters alongside former SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, as well as Melissa McCarthy.
Jones said that while she feels about her upcoming hosting gig “the same way I feel about any job I get,” she’s also “keen to get out there and show them what I can do.”
“I know not everyone is going to agree with the way I deliver things,” Jones added, “but you should be able to be me. So that’s what I’m going to do, just be me.”
Noah, former host of “The Daily Show,” announced his retirement as host last September and its final episode aired last month. Noah’s work in the show lasted seven years — from 2015 to 2022.
“Daily show” airs on Comedy Central, which, like CBS News, is part of Paramount Global.