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Trevor Noah announced leaving The Daily Show in September after hosting the show for seven years behind the desk, and his final episode was aired on December 8, 2022.

Trevor Noah’s Farewell Speech

The multitalented South African comedian, Trevor Noah, announced his decision to resign from hosting The Daily Show after seven years with the Comedy Central program in September, explaining that his time is up: “I realized that after these seven years, my time is up. But in the most beautiful way, honestly. I’ve loved hosting the show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges. It’s been one of my greatest joys.” 

His final episode was aired on December 8, 2022, where things got emotional during his last goodbye to the audience: “I’m so grateful… I don’t take it for granted ever. Every seat that has ever been filled to watch something that I’m doing, I always appreciate it ’cause I know the empty seat that sits behind it. So thank you”. Trevor Noah also delivered a shoutout to black women expressing his gratitude and solidarity: “I’ve often been credited with having these grand ideas, where people are like, Trevor, you are so smart. And then I’m like who do you think teaches me?… who do you think has shaped me, nourished me, informed me? From my mom, my grandma, my aunt. All these black women in my life… If you truly want to know about America, talk to black women”.

Trevor Noah elaborated that the reason behind quitting The Daily Show is to explore more aspects of his life and tour the world, as he misses learning languages and putting on live shows.

The Saga of Trevor Noah

In summary, Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, TV host, political commentator, and writer born in 1984. He is best known for hosting The Daily Show (2015-2022), appealing to a young audience on an international scale. He performed multiple stand-up comedy events before and during the show, sharing stories from his experience and observations. One of his famous anecdotes is about being born to a Swiss father and a black mother when black people’s marriage to white people was a crime, which he published in a book titled: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016 & 2019). His first solo comedy show, The Daywalker, was held in 2009. Some of his notable comedy specials are Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation (2015), Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (2017), and Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018). Trevor Noah began a nonprofit organization called Trevor Noah Foundation in Johannesburg to support young people in developing skills to become successful adults in the workforce. Last, he started a podcast in 2019 named On Second Thought, featuring diverse opinions on several topics besides other achievements

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What Will Happen Next?

Trevor Noah was the successor of Jon Stewart, the previous host of The Daily Show for seven years. However, the award-winning late-night program will resume on January 17, 2023, with guest hosts including Chelsea Handler, Kal Penn, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, D.L. Hughley, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, and Marlon Wayans until Noah’s permanent replacement is announced. 

Published by HOLR Magazine