Comedian Trevor Noah is leaving The Daily Show after seven years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comedian Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” said he is leaving the show after hosting it for seven years, indicating a desire to devote more time to stand-up comedy. .

The 38-year-old comedian – who moved to the US in 2011 and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa – had big shoes to fill when he took over in 2015 after long-time host Jon Stewart exited.

He quickly established himself with his own brand, which fits in an era when the influence online was often greater than that of content on cable.

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His tenure on The Daily Show required him to accurately cover some of the defining moments in American history, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2021 attacks on the US Capitol.

“I spent two years in my apartment (during COVID-19), not on the road. The parking was done, and when I got there again, I realized there was another part of my life that I wanted to continue exploring,” Noah told his studio audience of belated from Thursday. daily offer Post a clip From Noah’s statements on social media.

“We laughed together, we cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time,” Noah said.

He finished his remarks by thanking his viewers while his studio audience stood to applaud.

Noah, who stunned American politicians and the media at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April, did not say exactly when he would leave in his Thursday remarks. He did not know who would succeed him.

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The key to treating current affairs through a comedic lens lies in the comedian’s intent, Noah said in a 2016 interview with Reuters, adding that he learns from his mistakes.

“I don’t think I would ever have been ready, but that’s when you have to, you won’t be ready,” the comedian told Reuters in the context of his background to his legendary predecessor.

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Coverage by Kanishka Singh in Washington. Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Jerry Doyle

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