The Daily Show Host Trevor Noah Has Announced His Leave
Late-night programming will miss Trevor Noah greatly.
During a Sept. 29 showtaping, the 38-year-old comic announced his intention to leave his position as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after seven seasons.
He said, “I realized that after the seven years, my time is up,” he revealed to a shocked studio audience. “But in the most beautiful way, honestly. I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges. It’s been one of my greatest joys. I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly s–ty on the worst days. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”
Noah said the pandemic gave him a fresh perspective on his life.
“I spent two years in my apartment not on the road. Stand up was done. When I got back out there again, I realized there’s another part of my life I want to carry on exploring,” he said. “I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows. I miss just being everywhere doing everything.”
In closing, Noah praised his devoted audience and clarified that there are no preparations in place for his impending departure.
“We’ll figure out the timings and the whens. We’ll still be here for the time being,” he said. “But all I can say is thank you very much. You’ve truly made this one of the best experiences of my life.”
A protracted standing ovation was given in response from the studio audience.
“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” Comedy Central said in a statement. “As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of The Daily Show as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.
In 2015, Noah replaced Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.
A total of 13 Emmy nominations were made during Noah’s time as host, and he won in 2017 for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.