“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has announced that he will be stepping down from the anchor desk.
In a video statement shared on Twitter Thursday, Noah said his “time is up” after seven years as host of the satirical news show Comedy Central.
“It was absolutely amazing. It’s something I never expected,” Noah said of his experience hosting the show. “I was thinking about everything we’ve been through the whole time. The Trump presidency, the pandemic, just travel, more pandemics and I realize after seven years my time is up.”
Noah, a stand-up comedian from South Africa, was relatively new to American audiences when he was named host of “The Daily Show” after Jon Stewart signed on in 2015.
“I want to say thank you to all of you who saw this,” Noah said. “I never dreamed I would be here. I feel like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. I came here for a tour of what was the previous show and then, you know, the next thing I was handed the keys.’
Noah stated that his decision to leave the show is based on his desire to return to more stand-up work.
“I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, and when I returned there, I realized that there is another part of my life that I want to continue exploring. I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and doing shows,” Noah said.
He expressed his gratitude to his audience, “The Daily Show” crew and Comedy Central, who “believed in this random comedian that no one in this part of the world knew about.”
“I’ve loved putting on this show, it’s been one of my biggest challenges and one of my biggest joys,” Noah said. “I liked trying to find a way to make people laugh, even though the stories are particularly honest, even on the worst days. We laughed together, we cried together.”
He didn’t share when his last performance would be, but said it would be a while yet.
“Don’t worry, I won’t disappear,” Noah said. “If I owe you money, I’ll still pay you.”