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Trevor Noah sets December date for “Daily Show” exit

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts an episode of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
Comedian Trevor Noah hosts an episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” (Handout photo courtesy Comedy Central/Paramount Global, Graphic by The Desk)

Comedian Trevor Noah will step down from his hosting duties at Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” by the end of the year, the network affirmed this week.

The departure date comes less than one month after Noah stunned the Daily Show’s audience and staff with an abrupt announcement that he would be resigning his role as the host of the satirical news program after seven years.

On Wednesday, officials at Comedy Central and its parent company Paramount Global confirmed Noah’s last episode will be taped on the afternoon of Thursday, December 8 and will air on the network later that evening. That same week, the show will take a look back on Noah’s tenure as host of the Daily Show.

The show will go on hiatus after Noah’s exit until it returns on January 17, 2023, Comedy Central officials said. A replacement host has not been named, and it is unclear if the show will utilize guest hosts until one is announced.

“Trevor is an incredible talent who has left an indelible mark on the Daily Show, and we’re grateful for his creative partnership over the past seven years,” Chris McCarthy, the president and chief executive of MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement.

Noah is the latest comedian to step away from a late night talk show over the last few years. Earlier this year, comedian James Corden said he intends to leave “The Late Late Show” on CBS in 2023. On Showtime, comedy duo Desus Nice and Kid Mero ended their show “Desus & Mero” after announcing plans to “pursue separate creative endeavors.” Samantha Bee, a former Daily Show correspondent who landed her own comedy news and commentary program on TBS, saw her program canceled as part of a broader restructuring of Warner Bros Discovery’s general entertainment channels.

But Noah’s departure was highly unusual, in that the comedian appeared to have announced it in front of a studio audience before telling his own staff or anyone at Comedy Central. Prior to the announcement, executives at Paramount Global had been lobbying for him to stay on as host of the Daily Show for another few years, and they fully expected him to, according to published reports.

Noah said he wanted to spend more time touring as a stand-up comic and working on other projects, things that apparently did not fit with the responsibility of hosting the comedy world’s cornerstone news satire program.

During his time as host of the Daily Show, Noah and his team won seven Emmy Awards. He also hosted the Grammy Awards twice and introduced the music world to emerging acts like Vince Staples, Solange and Japanese Breakfast.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” airs on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, with full episodes available a few hours later on the streaming service Paramount Plus.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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