After 7 memorable years, Trevor Noah has announced his plans to step down as the host of The Daily Show. The then relatively-unknown comedian first took over the Comedy Central series from Jon Stewart in 2015, quickly making a name for himself in the world of talk-show comedy. Seamlessly bringing the show online and attracting a new demographic of social media viewers, The Daily Show has reached new heights under Noah's leadership. Unfortunately, though, the host has decided his time is up and recently shared his plans to say goodbye. Here's what he had to say...
"I've loved hosting this show. It's been one of my greatest challenges," Trevor said during the recording of Thursday's show. "It's been one of my greatest joys. I've loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly sh**** on the worst days. We've laughed together, we've cried together, but after seven years, I feel like it's time." While he made clear he would be leaving the show, there was no mention of when this change would come into effect or who would be taking his place.
Comedy Central has since released a statement: "We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years," they said. "With no timetable for his departure, we're working together on next steps. As we look ahead, we're excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of The Daily Show as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them."
This news comes among the many recent late-night comedy updates, which have seen a shift in the previously saturated genre. A few months ago, James Corden also announced his plans to step down from CBS' The Late Late Show, while NBC ditched late-night comedy programming altogether. Over at Warner Bros., no efforts have been made to fill the programming loss of the concluded Conan O'Brien show. While Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel remain in place, for now, one can't help but wonder what the future holds for this once-loved television genre. Stay tuned.