Trevor Noah was a South African comedian many “on this side of the world” didn’t know who took over the hosting role of The Daily Show in 2015. And has since become a name many love who transformed an already popular show to an even more popular show for a new generation. Now seven years after hosting the late night show on comedy Central, Trevor Noah is leaving.
He revealed the news on his show, Thursday night.
“It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected. I found myself thinking throughout the time of everything we’ve gone through. The Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey, more pandemic and I realize that after the seven years, my time is up.”
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When Noah took over for Jon Stewart he adapted the show for an audience that consumed their content online influence more often than on TV.
“I’ve loved hosting this show, it’s been one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys,” Noah said. “I’ve loved trying to find a way to make people laugh, even when the stories are particularly s***y, even on the worst days. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together.”
Trevor Noah explained his reason for leaving is due to his desire to return to more standup work.
“I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, and when I got back out there, I realized there’s another part of my life out there that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows,” Noah said.
He expressed his gratitude to his viewers, “The Daily Show” team and to Comedy Central, “who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.”
“I want to say thank you to you, to you who watched this. I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of feel like ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ I came here for a tour of what the previous show was and then the next thing you know I was handed the keys.”
It was not immediately clear when his actual exit would take place, or whether the Paramount Global cable network had begun to consider a successor.