On Thursday night, Trevor Noah gave his final monologue, and it included a “brilliant” and touching tribute to Black women.
The Daily Show Host sat down for a final time to chop it up with the audience he has known for seven years. During his four-minute soliloquy, the 38-year-old comedian thanked his fans and supporters, but most importantly– Noah honored sisters.
He made it clear that the "brilliant" Black women in his life were "the reason why I'm here."
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"I remember when we started the show, we couldn't get enough people to fill an audience," Noah recalled. "There were empty seats, and then I look at this now; 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 because I know there's an empty seat that sits behind it, so thank you so much."
Noah also expressed his gratitude to "everyone who's had an opinion, everyone who's been kind enough and gracious enough, even if it's a critique. I wanna say I appreciate those people.”
Never missing a moment to shade his haters, Noah also shouted them out, to which the audience laughed.
“Even the people who hate watch, you still pulled up the ratings, so thank you, I'm eternally grateful to you."
But it was the South African native’s passionate, tear-jerking nod to Black women that left the audience speechless and moved.
"Special shout out to Black women. I've often been credited with having these grand ideas. People say, 'Oh Trevor, you're so smart.' I'm like, 'Who do you think teaches me? Who do you think shaped me, nourished me and formed me?'" he expressed. "From my mom, my grandmom, my aunt, all these Black women in my life, but in America as well. I tell people, 'If you want to truly learn about America, talk to Black women' cause, unlike everybody else, Black women can't afford to f**k around and find out."
One female audience member chimed in agreement with Noah, saying,” Say it!”
"Black people understand how hard it is when things go bad, especially in America, but any place where Black people live... when things go bad, Black people know that it's worse for them," he continued, appearing to be moved almost to tears. "Black women, in particular, they know what s--- is. They know what happens if things do not go the way it should."
Noah shouted out several Black women, including Roxane Gay, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Zoé Samudzi and Tarana Burke, and referred to them as "brilliant, brilliant women." He also thanked them for taking the time "to inform me, to educate me, to argue with me."
"Do yourself a favor– you truly want to know what to do or how to do it? Or maybe the best way or the most equitable way? Talk to Black women — they're a lot of the reason why I'm here, and so I'm grateful to them," he added. "I'm grateful to every single one of you. This has been an honor. Thank you."