No joke: Trevor Noah says he’s leaving ‘The Daily Show’
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Noah did not specify when his last date would be during a video announcement he tweeted Sept. 29, 2022.
A special message from Trevor Noah pic.twitter.com/lMM8ll51fu
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 30, 2022
Noah took over the show after Jon Stewart exited in 2015, which turned out to be just ahead of the 2016 election that would take Donald Trump to the White House.
That administration proved to be popular fodder for Noah and other late-night comedians.
“It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected,” he said in the video. Noah was only the third anchor of the show, following Craig Kilborn and Stewart.
“I found myself thinking throughout the time of everything we’ve gone through. The Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey, more pandemic and I realize that after the seven years, my time is up.”
Noah was born in 1984 in South Africa during apartheid. He is mixed-race — the son of a white Swiss-German father and a Black mother, meaning that he was classified as “coloured” according to the rules in place at the time, an experience he detailed in a 2016 memoir “Born a Crime.”
Noah started working as an actor and radio host in 2002 in South Africa but would eventually focus on comedy. After working on projects in South Africa, he moved to the U.S. in 2011 and broke barriers as the first South African to appear on both “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show.”
He joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor in 2014, a role that would eventually lead to his taking over the role of anchor from Stewart.
Noah hasn’t said what’s next for him, but appeared to indicate he still plans to work on comedy and other projects.
Although not exactly in the same genre, “The Daily Show” is often compared to the other “big three” network late night shows.
Stephen Colbert (CBS) and Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon (NBC) still have time left on their deals at their respective networks.