Why Is Trevor Noah Leaving the Daily Show?

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Recently, comedian Trevor Noah announced his departure from The Daily Show, the Comedy Central news show he has hosted since Jon Stewart left in 2015. This comes during the departure of James Corden, who’s hosted The Late Late Show since 2015 as well. Why is Trevor Noah leaving The Daily Show, and who could be the future of television talk shows? Read on below to find out.

Noah’s time with the Daily Show

Trevor Noah moved from South Africa to the United States in 2011 to pursue his stand-up comedy career, which became successful due to his extensive comedy tours of the country and appearances on several late-night talk shows. Noah became a Senior International Correspondent for The Daily Show in December 2014.

In March of the next year, it was announced that Noah would be taking the place of Jon Stewart when he left the show in September 2015. Noah has become one of the most popular faces on talk show television, with 10 million YouTube subscribers and an average of 2.5 million viewers per night at the height of his Daily Show career. 

Why is he leaving?

Noah will be leaving The Daily Show on good terms and has cited a desire to travel and return to touring with his comedy as one reason for his departure. Noah has said that he’s loved his time hosting the show and enjoyed the challenge that it presented for him.

It seems that time spent alone during the COVID-19 pandemic helped Noah come to this conclusion, as he said, “I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, and when I got back out there, I realized there’s another part of my life out there that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows,”

When will Noah be leaving?

As of now, no definitive timeline has been published for Noah’s departure, and it could be as long as a year before he leaves and Comedy Central finds a replacement. Noah is working together with Comedy Central on the next steps for the show, including finding him a replacement and transitioning into the next era of the show.

Who could be Trevor Noah’s replacement?

Naturally, there are rumors floating all around social media about who could be replacing Noah as host of The Daily Show. One potential candidate that seems promising is comedian Roy Wood, Jr, who has been a regular face on the show since 2015. According to a report by TMZ, the show’s executives view Wood as a natural fit for the position. Several women comedians are also potential candidates to take over Noah’s position as host, including Samantha Bee and Amber Ruffin. Bee was a regular correspondent on the show when it was hosted by Jon Stewart and seemed to be a potential option when he left in 2015. Ruffin has hosted her own late-night talk show, The Amber Ruffin Show, since 2020.

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