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Trevor Noah Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After Seven Years

The comedian made the announcement Thursday night (Sept. 29) in front of a surprised studio audience.

Comedian Trevor Noah revealed that he is leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after seven years as host. According to Variety, Noah made the announcement during Thursday evening’s taping, saying, “I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges. 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 shitty on the worst days.”

Noah, who hails from South Africa, was relatively unknown when he took over for Jon Stewart in 2015 and added diverse demographics and viral hot takes to the show that satirized politics and celebrity culture.

There has been no exact announcement about exactly when Noah will exit the show or if the network will replace him.

Variety notes that the late night television landscape is shrinking. Showtime’s Desus & Mero recently came to an end and shows hosted by Samantha Bee and Conan O’Brien have also been canceled. The landscape is increasingly narrowing and becoming less diverse.

“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years.  With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” the network said in a statement, per Variety. “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.”

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