Trevor Noah is leaving the Daily Show after seven years

Trevor Noah approaches his last laugh on The Daily Show.

The comedian, who emerged from anonymity in 2015 to take over programming from Jon Stewart, plans to leave the flagship series Comedy Central after a seven-year tenure of remaking it for a new generation of viewers who are more into Home are on social media than on cable channels and broadcast networks.

Noah revealed his plans to an audience during taping of the program Thursday night in New York. according to two people familiar with the matter. It wasn’t immediately clear when his actual exit would occur, or if cable network Paramount Global had begun to consider a successor. Jill Fritzo, a representative for Noah, could not be reached for immediate comment.

“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. As there is no timetable for his departure, we are working together on the next steps,” the network said in a statement. “As we look ahead, we look forward to the next chapter in The Daily Show’s 25+ year history as it continues to redefine culture through insightful and hilarious social commentary, and helping audiences understand the world around them around.”

Noah’s plans to leave surface as TV’s late-night schedule begins to shrink. Yes, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel still show up around 11:30pm every weekday to poke fun at the daily headlines and pull off celebrity impressions and stunts, but they have fewer rivals. At Warner Bros. Discovery, executives have sunk late-night shows led by Samantha Bee and Conan O’Brien and made no effort to replace either. Comedy Central once had three different programs run by Stewart, Colbert and Chris Hardwick. Now the cable network is limited to just one. Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” recently ceased production. James Corden has already hinted that he plans to step down from CBS’ The Late Late Show next year, and NBC is no longer in the business of airing 1:30 a.m. comedy programs after splitting from Lilly Singh in 2021 Has.

Comedy Central has several potential replacements for Noah on its list. The host works with a large circle of fake “correspondents” that include mainstays like Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Costa and Dulcé Sloan. Jordan Klepper, who once hosted The Opposition, a show that followed Daily, is a regular contributor and has won online for segments where he visits conservatives at rallies and asks them questions about the state of the nation. Comedy Central has also worked with Charlamagne Tha God on a weekly showcase that mixes comedy, commentary and news.

Noah has worked hard to make the program his own, courting after hours with various media influencers and developing new “daily” formats. His quips with the audience during commercial breaks became the stuff of social media clips. Hosting the show from his apartment during the coronavirus pandemic, Noah gravitated toward more serious topics and interviews, believing his audience — younger than those who see his competitors on broadcast networks — were interested in more serious discussions. The show went on hiatus in the summer of 2021 to return to a more normal mode of production.

But the comedian took over the program under intense scrutiny. Stewart, who inherited The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn in 1999, institutionalized it with his investigations into how the news media presented stories. As Noah sat down, he faced a difficult transition. “I have to say the first two years were awful — and it was awful because I took on one of America’s most beloved institutions,” he said diversity in 2020. “And even though Jon Stewart had handed the reins to me, it was essentially a year where people told me I shouldn’t do the job and that I wasn’t worthy of sitting in that seat. And I kept believing in it. You step into this new role and you do a new job and for most of the first year I was just trying to keep my head above water, just trying not to get fired and trying to find my footing. And the analogy I use is trying to learn how to fly a plane while the plane is flying. That’s how it felt every day.”

Noah’s exit means the night will be less varied, especially after the exit of Bee and Singh and the end of the “Desus & Mero” program on Showtime. That dynamic could play a role in how Comedy Central executives operate.

BreAnna Bell contributed to this report. Trevor Noah is leaving the Daily Show after seven years

Charles Jones

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