Trevor Noah is stepping down as host of The Daily Show, saying his “time is up” after seven years on the late-night talk show.
The South African comedian took over from American comedian Jon Stewart in September 2015.
Thanks to his audience on set, at home, and around the world, he deemed the decision to hire him for Comedy Central in the first place was “crazy”.
Noah joked: “I remember when we first started, a lot of people didn’t believe in us – it was a crazy bet. I still think it was a crazy choice. This random African, brought a Chinese guy from Malaysia.”
Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng, a senior reporter for the Daily Show, who was with Noah on stage, said: “Yes, Chinese guys have accents on American TV.”
Noah was virtually unknown in the US when he was cast as the show’s host, despite being a celebrity in South Africa.
Calling it “one of the best experiences of my life,” Noah said that after starting touring with comedy again, he realized he missed being “everywhere to do everything.” “.
He told his live studio audience: “I realized after seven years, my time was up…but in the most beautiful way.
“I love hosting, it’s one of my biggest challenges, it’s one of my greatest joys.
“We’ve laughed together, cried together…but after seven years, I feel like it’s time you know?”
His studio audience then gave him a standing ovation.
Noah didn’t give any details on exactly when he’ll be leaving the role, or who will take over for him, only saying: “We’ll find out when and when.”
During his tenure on politics and news-based satire, he made stylistic changes and enhanced millennial-based references, impersonations, and depictions. for his comedy.
Noah’s departure from The Daily Show follows the departure of James Corden, who announced in April he will be leaving The Late Late Show Early next year. At the time, the show’s network, CBS, was reportedly looking at cheaper alternatives to replace the British star.