For most of us, we probably think of Trevor Noah whenever we think about The Daily Show, a late-night talk show that discusses the news in a satirical and oftentimes funny way.
However, that might soon change as the 38-year-old host and comedian, who has been hosting the popular programme for seven years since previous host Jon Stewart stepped down, has recently announced his departure from the show.
In a clip released yesterday (30 September), Noah thanked the audience and staff members that he worked with during his time on his show for believing in him, a “random comedian no one knew on this side of the world”, and reminisced about the beginning of his stint as host.
However, despite announcing that he will step down as host, Noah did not specify when he will be doing so.
Comedy Central also issued a statement afterwards stating that they have been working with Noah “for a long time to figure out how he can maintain the demanding schedule”.
“With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” the network added. It also expressed excitement over the show’s “new chapter” but did not reveal who will be taking over Noah’s role as host.
Noah, who announced his departure after 140 episodes of The Daily Show, also recounted how he never thought he would ever host the programme.
Leaving to “Explore Another Part of Life”
With regards to his departure, Noah said, “But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”
And with that, he added that there was “another part of [his] life that [he wants] to carry on exploring”, with this “another part” including touring, travelling and learning more about other countries and their languages.
To put it simply, Noah said that he missed “being everywhere, doing everything”.
Noah’s Success as Host
After original host Jon Stewart stepped away from the programme after 16 years in 2015, Noah came as an unexpected choice for host.
In particular, he was a 31-year-old newcomer to America at the time hailing from South Africa, but had been scouted by the staff and was even offered a large promotion after being on the show just three times.
Prior to confirming Noah as the new host for The Daily Show, other more well-known celebrities such as Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer had reportedly been approached for the job as well.
Apparently, Comedy Central intended for Noah to offer a “more youthful, international perspective” to the programme.
Despite getting embroiled in controversy after his old tweets that had jokes that were deemed to be offensive at the start of his tenure as host, Noah managed to bounce back and soon brought The Daily Show up along with him.
He also used his platform to talk about race-related issues such as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2020 and commented on how his role as an “outsider” allowed him to notice America’s issues with racism and class issues that seemed “strange” to him.
Of course, many of these issues ended up being part of his comedy career when he brought attention to them.
With regards to race, Noah has also spoken up about his biracial background and told The New York Times that he belongs to a newer, younger batch of comedians of colour that are able to voice their opinions freely unlike in the past.
He also told mentioned to The New York Times back in 2015 that the “blackness” has increased greatly since he began his stint as host, and that former host Jon Stewart told him to produce the best show and to “trust his discomfort” in the process.
Noah’s Other Ventures
And apart from his comedy and hosting, Noah also published his autobiography. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, in 2016.
In the book, he detailed how being born to a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father made his existence a “violation of any number of laws, statutes and regulations” in his hometown, Johannesburg in South Africa.
At that point of time, his parents’ relationship was illegal due to them not being of the same race.
Noah, who started his career as a comedian and host in South Africa back in 2002, will also be going on tour in South Africa next year, and tweeted recently, “Can’t wait to come home.”
In May, he was present at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner as a performer and even joked about U.S. President Joe Biden during the event.
After the jokes, he then touched on how he had the freedom to do so without needing to face consequences before calling it a “blessing”.
Apart from Noah, other late-night hosts such as James Corden from The Late Late Show With James Corden and Samatha Bee from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee have also announced their departure from their own late-night shows in recent months.
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