Yesterday, Trevor Noah announced that he will be stepping down as host of The Daily Show. Noah—who was handed the reigns to the Comedy Central production by Jon Stewart—has decided to dedicate more time to standup comedy. The South African’s stint at The Daily Show saw him cover seven turbulent years that included the election of Donald Trump, the BLM movement and the pandemic.
In an announcement made at last night’s show, the comedian said, “I spent two years in my apartment—not on the road—standup was done. And when I got back out there again, I realised that there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring.” After expressing his gratitude to senior correspondent Ronny Chieng in particular and everyone who supported and worked with him (even a quick shoutout to his audience in India) he concluded, “But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”
During Noah’s time as host, The Daily Show won a Peabody and 5 consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Variety Talk Show. Noah didn’t mention a particular date of departure or who may be next in line to host The Daily Show.