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Trevor Noah is Leaving the Daily Show: Here’s Why

After seven years of hosting Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the program shortly. The announcement came as a shock to many viewers, along with Comedy Central itself. 

In the episode celebrating his 7th anniversary, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the time he spent as the host, “I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys. I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly shitty on the worst day, but after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”

After expressing how much he enjoyed this job, he explained why he would no longer be returning in the future, “I realized there’s another part of my life that I want to … carry on exploring; I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows. I miss just being everywhere, doing everything.”

Directly after the announcement, Comedy Central published a statement praising the comedian’s contribution to the show’s success and revealing that they have yet to work out a specific timetable for his departure. 

Despite the time, effort, and the impact this type of career had on his life, it’s clear his career has outgrown this position as a host for late-night TV. Although the next logical step in his career would be to get a job on a Network TV program with a bigger paycheck and a bigger audience, that choice seems unlikely. Not only does it feel like a demotion, but the only late-night spot open is also The Late Late Show hosted by James Corden, a show whose time slot will always relegate Trevor Noah to having a relatively smaller audience than any other late-night show. 

Since joining Comedy Central’s Daily Show, the young South African has revolutionized Late Night Television by diversifying the cast and providing a more internationalist perspective.  While it remains unclear what his next steps will be, his undeniable charm, wit, and talent will be a great asset in whatever he chooses to dedicate himself to next.

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