Comedy Central has locked in Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show” for a long time.

The channel announced Thursday it’s signed Noah to a five-year extension of his contract, which will keep him at “The Daily Show” desk through 2022. The deal also includes an agreement for Noah to host and produce year-end “Daily Show” specials, beginning this year.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing this amazing journey with both fans of ‘The Daily Show’ and Comedy Central,” Noah says in a statement. “It’s really exciting to renew this contract for either five more years or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all — whichever one comes first.”

Noah took over “The Daily Show” from long-time host Jon Stewart on Sept. 28, 2015. After a drop-off in ratings as Noah settled into his role, the numbers have been on an upswing of late. The show has posted year-to-year gains in each month of the 2016-17 season in total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

The show is also likely to pass “The T0night Show” as the top daily late-night talk show among adults 18-34 (Comedy Central’s core demographic) for the third quarter of 2017.

Noah is also an executive producer of “The Daily Show” and its new lead-out, “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.” The latter show debuts Sept. 25.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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