Trevor Noah to Exit ‘The Daily Show’ After 7 Years

All good things must come to an end. Trevor NoahWill be leaving The Daily ShowAfter seven years of hosting the late-night programming, 

“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 to VarietyThursday, September 29, 2009. “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.”

Noah revealed his exit plans to the audience during Thursday’s taping in New York City.

“It has been seven years since we started The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This week is our anniversary, “ he said to the crowd in a video posted via The Daily Show’s Twitter. “And one of the overriding feelings I found myself experiencing … is a feeling of gratitude. The journey we’ve been on together has been wild. … There’s so many people who make this thing come together. It’s been an incredible seven years. I want to thank you. It’s been truly wild.”

He continued, “It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something I’ve never expected. Everything we’ve gone through — the Trump presidency, the pandemic. After seven years, it was clear that my time was up. But in the most beautiful of ways. 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 when the stories are particularly s—ty even on the worst days. … But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”

The South Africa native concluded his speech by promising he wasn’t “disappearing,” and shared he misses “learning other languages” and “going to other countries and putting on shows” before thanking the audience one final time for their loyalty over the years.

Noah began his run alongside The Daily ShowAfter being an on-air reporter for the program in 2014, Heh assumed the role of host.  Heh took over for former host John StewartLess than a year later. (Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. Amy PoehlerAll allegedly said no to it first.

“I will say the first two years were horrible — and it was horrible because I had taken over one of America’s most beloved institutions,” Noah revealed to VarietyIn July 2020. “And even though Jon Stewart had passed over the reins to me, it was essentially a year of people telling me I shouldn’t be doing the job and I was unworthy of being in that seat. And I believed that. You step into this new role and you’re doing a new job and most of the first year was just trying to stay afloat.”

The comedian added that the beginning of his time on the program was mainly centered on “finding my footing” and “trying not to get canceled,” adding that it was somewhat akin to learning “how to fly a plane while the plane is flying.”

Noah took over the show’s growth and it quickly became the No. Noah became the No. 1 late-night digital and social media podcast downloads show, connecting with a new generation of viewers. Donald TrumpIn 2016, he was elected President of The United States. 

“Satire works best when it has targets,” Noah told The Los Angeles TimesJuly 2021. “Once Trump came into office, the show immediately had its relationship with the White House. It was a great show. [was] an interesting relationship, like Harry Potter had with Voldemort.”

According to VarietyNoah reportedly told his audience his exit plans during a Thursday taping in New York City. It isn’t clear when the comedian will say his final goodbyes or if Paramount Global has begun to search for his replacement. 

The show does, however, work with a large group of “correspondents” on a regular basis including Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Costa Dulcé SloanWho might be potential successors.