Trevor Noah, who hosts “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, has made a big announcement about his future on-air and at the network.
In a monologue to begin Thursday’s show, Noah said his “time is up” and that he is leaving his hosting duties after seven years.
While the show has had several hosts throughout its 25+ years on the air, Noah’s predecessor, Jon Stewart, hosted the program for 16 of them.
“One of the overriding feels I found myself experiencing throughout the night and even today waking up was a feeling of gratitude,” Noah said as he began his remarks, thanking the audience and his production team for contributing to his success.
“So many people didn’t believe in us. It was a crazy bet to make,” Noah stated, referring the network’s decision to go with him as Stewart’s replacement. “And I realized, after the seven years, my time is up.”
The announcement elicited some gasps from the studio audience.
“Yeah, 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,” he added.
“I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly s***y on the worst days,” he said.
Noah said he misses stand-up comedy and hinted that he plans to reengage with that. “I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows,” he said.
Noah said that he won’t be departing right away and that he’ll remain as host for the time being while a search for his replacement is ongoing, adding that hosting the program was “truly one of the best experiences of my life.”
“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years,” Comedy Central noted in a statement. “With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps. As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25-plus-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.”
The Blaze noted further:
A Variety article floated the possibility of Comedy Central recruiting an existing correspondent from the show to pick up the host position, such as Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, or Dulcé Sloan. The piece speculated that Jordan Klepper or Charlamagne Tha God could also be potential replacements the network is considering.
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