After 7 Years, Trevor Noah Is Moving on From Daily Show

'In the most beautiful way, I’ve loved hosting this show'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2022 6:50 AM CDT
Trevor Noah Is Leaving Daily Show
Trevor Noah attends the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, outside the Convention Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

After an eventful seven years that have included the Trump administration and the pandemic, Trevor Noah has decided it's time to move on from The Daily Show. The South African comedian, who replaced longtime host Jon Stewart in 2015, announced the move during taping of the show Thursday, Deadline reports. He thanked the audience, saying, "In the most beautiful way, I’ve loved hosting this show. It's been one of my greatest challenges. It's been one of my greatest joys." He looked back at when he was hired as a relatively unknown 31-year-old. "I remember when we first started, so many people thought it was a crazy bet, I still think it was a crazy choice, this random African," he said. "What a journey’s it’s been. It’s been absolutely amazing."

"I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Noah said of his hiring, per the New York Times. "I came in for a tour of what the previous show was. And then the next thing I know, I was handed the keys." He said that after seven years, he had realized there was "another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring" and he missed touring, traveling internationally, and "being everywhere, doing everything." Noah said he will continue hosting the show for the "time being" while the timeline for his departure is figured out. "We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years," a Comedy Central spokesperson said. “With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps."

The network said it is looking forward to the next chapter of the show as "it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them." Variety notes that TV's late-night roster has been shrinking, with shows led by Samantha Bee and Conan O'Brien, among others, canceled and not replaced. While Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon are still going strong, James Corden is leaving The Late Late Show next year. (More Trevor Noah stories.)

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