The Daily Show host Trevor Noah speaks at The White House

Trevor Noah Doesn't Miss The 'Grind' Of 'Daily Show' After Exit

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on January 23, 2023 at 12:30 AM EST

Not long after officially exiting Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" in December 2022, Trevor Noah is shedding more light on what he misses.

Noah, who announced his departure in September 2022, may have had a memorable time on the job, but he is now letting fans in on the endless grind that came with it, which he does not miss.

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Trevor Noah Compares Grind Of 'The Daily Show To Planning A Wedding  

The South African comedian misses a lot from his past role on television, but he is glad to be away from the grind after nearly a decade.

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Trevor Noah at The 62nd GRAMMY Awards
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He recently spoke to Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," where he was congratulated on his "post-Daily Show" career and his run for the past seven years. 

When asked how long it took for Noah to get used to not having to prepare for the next show's episode every night, he replied, "You know what, that took, I would say, two weeks, and then I realized, oh no, I don't need to know, I just don't need to know."

The South African native explained that he could now choose when not to follow the news, unlike when he was still the host of the Comedy Central show. Back then, he had to "wake up, watch the news, go to sleep" and repeat the cycle daily, which Colbert could relate to. 

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The TV host then recalled a Met Gala after-party where he was so consumed with world events while everyone else was having a good time. This led Colbert to note that that was the hard part of the job before asking his guest what he loved about "The Daily Show."

Noah credited the people he got to work with, saying he loved them and missed "the people, the culture, and the vibe" but did not miss the "grind." At the beginning of his "Daily Show" career, he admittedly did not expect that the pace on the job would be so relentless, comparing the hustle to planning a wedding.

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"Making a daily television show, in many ways, is like planning a wedding," he explained. "So you're thinking who are the guests? What are you gonna wear? What's gonna happen? Who's gonna be making a toast? what will the speeches be about? What's everybody eating? Who's sitting where? How's it all going? And then the wedding happens, and then you go, 'Alright, we're doing another wedding tomorrow."

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Nevertheless, the political commentator said he misses "the discipline" and enjoys not needing to have an opinion whenever he hears about something new. 

'The Daily Show' To Have Guest Hosts Take Over For A While

While Noah made preparations to exit "The Daily Show," The Blast reported that the late night show released a list of guest hosts that would take over for an unspecified period. Kal Penn, Wanda Sykes, and Chelsea Handler were named as the temporary hosts, and the gig marked Handler's latest late-night guest hosting duty since she substituted Jimmy Kimmel amid his summer getaway.

Alongside the trio were "SNL" alums Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Leslie Jones, and comedy icons D.L. Hughley, John Leguizamo, and Marlon Wayans. Hasan Minhaj, a former regular on the program, was also included. This would be the first time the program would have outsiders, according to Jen Flanz, the series' executive producer.

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Such development was because Noah reportedly left the executives blindsided with his sudden exit announcement, also leaving the show without a permanent replacement. However, Comedy Central president Chris McCarthy mentioned that "The Daily Show" is scheduled to relaunch this Fall, while the new host may be announced before then.

The 'Born a Crime' Author Is Showered With Love Following Touching Farewell Speech

Trevor Noah at apos Kimmel apos

Noah's last appearance on "The Daily Show" was an emotional one where he gave a moving speech, appreciating his supporters, haters, and Black women.

As reported, the 38-year-old started his speech with gratitude for the audience who "filled the seats" and later gave a shout-out to all the Black women in his life, including his mother, grandma, and aunts.

He then tributed Roxane Gay and her book "Bad Feminist" as well as NY Times columnist Tressie Mcmillan Cottom after acknowledging the Black people in America who understood "how hard it is when things go bad."

The heartwarming speech touched several Black women, including Kerry Washington, who appreciated him and called him "elegant, insightful, bold and gracious till the very end."

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Similarly, Octavia Spencer was thankful to the Emmy winner for "raising awareness on uncomfortable topics" and never shying away whenever things got challenging.

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