After seven years as the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, comedian Trevor Noah said he would be leaving the program to devote more time to stand-up comedy.
The 38-year-old comedian, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and relocated to the United States in 2011 had large shoes to fill when he took over in 2015 following the departure of longtime host Jon Stewart.
He soon built his own brand, which was suited to an era in which online influence was frequently bigger than that of cable programming.
The Covid-19 epidemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the 2021 attacks on the US Capitol were some of the most significant events in American history that he had to cover sensitively while hosting “The Daily Show.”
“During Covid-19, I spent two years at my apartment and not on the road. “Stand-up was over, and when I returned to the stage, I realized there was another aspect of my life I wanted to continue pursuing,” Noah told his studio audience late Thursday evening.
Noah’s words were shared on social media by “The Daily Show.”
“We have shared laughter and tears together. “However, after seven years, I believe the moment has come,” Noah added.
He concluded his remarks by expressing gratitude to his viewers as his studio crowd stood to cheer.
Noah, who mocked US officials and the media at the April dinner of the White House Correspondents Association, did not specify his specific departure date in his remarks on Thursday. Nobody knew who would succeed him. Noah stated in a 2016 interview with Reuters that a comedian’s aim is the key to tackling current events via a comic lens, adding that he learns from his failures.
“I don’t believe I would have ever been prepared, but when you must do it, you will not be prepared,” the comedian told Reuters in reference to succeeding his great predecessor.