While sitting with Oprah Winfrey, Noah recalled his first encounter with Stewart: “He said, ‘Hey, I was wondering — if you ever come to America, would you like to pop into the show and hang out? I think you’d like what we do, and maybe we can hang out.'”
Noah’s response was negative. He had just launched a comedy tour in the United Kingdom, and as that had been a lifelong goal, he wanted to see it through.
Stewart was surprised by the refusal, Noah said. “He paused and said, ‘Are you seriously saying no?’ I said, ‘Yeah. But thank you.'”
Stewart gave Noah an open invitation if he changed his mind. Noah said he called Stewart a year and a half later, and after a number of meetings and auditions, he was named Stewart’s successor.
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