Trevor Noah is saying goodbye to “The Daily Show” sooner than expected!
The timeline for his exit has been set just two weeks after the host reportedly shocked network executives, crew, and his live audience with his plans to leave during a show. As it turned out, Noah has less than two months left with the Comedy Central program.
Trevor Noah Set To Leave After December 8 Appearance On ‘The Daily Show’
When Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” in 2015, he left some big shoes for the next host to fill, which is precisely what Noah did when he took over in September of the same year.
In fact, the comedian did more than fill the shoes as he made his own mark on the highly-respected and well-loved late-night series. And now, with Noah quitting his hosting duties, the show’s future appears up in the air.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Global announced that Noah’s final “Daily Show” will air on December 8. The shows that will air in the week leading up to the South Africa native’s exit will feature a throwback to some of the best moments from his seven-year run as the show’s frontman.
Per the statement, MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks CEO and president Chris McCarthy said, “Trevor is an incredible talent who has left an indelible mark on The Daily Show, and we’re grateful for his creative partnership over the past seven years.” Noah also said:
“Chris has been an amazing leader and partner who has helped me realise my dream of working not just in front of the camera, but also behind the scenes, producing content which now airs across the Paramount family. I’m truly excited to see what the future holds.”
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Sources informed the news outlet that the “8 Out of 10 Cats” panelist’s announcement about leaving Comedy Central’s flagship show surprised several Paramount and Comedy Central execs, including McCarthy. Noah had neglected to mention his decision to the CEO when they reportedly had lunch the previous day.
The outlet also confirmed that the series would remain on the cable channel amid speculation that it would become exclusive to the conglomerate’s streaming platform, Paramount+.
Even though it did not provide any details on the direction the show would go as regards a host, Comedy Central claimed that a revamped “Daily Show” will return from a holiday break in 2023:
“The Emmy-winning franchise will embark on a reinvention as it has done so successfully in the past,” the announcement of Noah’s end date reads, “returning Tuesday, January 17, with additional details forthcoming.”
Noah is the third host of “The Daily Show,” following Craig Kilborn and Stewart. The “Trevor Noah: The Racist” convener’s late September announcement coincided with the date his “Daily Show” tenure began seven years ago.
The “Coming 2 America” Star Shares His Hope For The Show After His Exit
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Soon after he announced his resignation from “The Daily Show,” Noah opened up to fans about his decision. The Blast noted that he addressed the update in an Instagram video that saw an audience member expressing how sad he and fellow fans were about his exit.
He also asked the “The Amazing Date” co-host if his leave would go through the same “whole process” it did when Stewart passed the position down to him. After appreciating the fan’s support and emotions, the political commentator likened his situation to a happy funeral that involved people celebrating while he was in a coffin, still alive.
The “Born a Crime” author added that he did not believe there was a good time to say farewell, especially considering the vast transition that would happen as his successor came on board. Noah shared his hope that the audience would keep returning to the show to support its new host, just as they had when he first joined the network.
The multi-awarded star stated that he was looking forward to “living a little more, expressing a little more, growing a little more, and trying new things” after “The Daily Show.” During his time as host, Noah got various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award from 11 nominations.