Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” announced his departure from the show after seven years, citing a desire to devote more time to stand-up comedy.
The 38-year-old comedian, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United States in 2011, had big shoes to fill when he took over after longtime host Jon Stewart left in 2015.
He quickly established his own brand, which was ideal for an era when online influence was frequently greater than that of cable content.
His tenure on The Daily Show required him to cover some pivotal moments in American history, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the 2021 attacks on the United States. Capitol.
“I spent two years in my apartment (during COVID-19), not on the road. Stand-up was done, and when I got back out there again, I realized that there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring,” Noah told his studio audience late on Thursday. The Daily Show posted a clip of Noah’s remarks on social media.
He concluded his remarks by thanking his viewers, as his studio audience applauded.
“We have laughed together, we have cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time,” Noah said.
In his remarks on Thursday, Noah, who roasted US politicians and the media at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in April, did not specify his exact departure date.
It was unclear who would succeed him.