South African comedian Trevor Noah has announced that he is stepping down as host from The Daily Show, after beign at the helm for seven (7) years. The 38-year-old who took over from Jon Stewart in 2015, revealed his exit from the Comedy Central satirical news program during the live show on Thursday night before sharing the clip to Twitter with the caption, "A special message from Trevor Noah."
According to the comedian, “I remember when we first started … So many people didn’t believe in us. (Appointing me as host ) was a crazy bet to make. I still think it was a crazy choice, this random African. I just find myself filled with gratitude for the journey. It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected.
“I’ve loved hosting this show, it’s been one of my greatest challenges. It’s been one of my greatest joys. But after seven years, I feel like it is time.
“I realized there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages. I miss going to countries and putting on shoes. I miss being everywhere and doing everything.
“I’m really grateful to a network who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world. I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I came in for a tour of what the previous show was, and the next thing I knew I was handed the keys.
"All I can say is thank you very much.”
In response to Noah's shock exit, Paramount Global cable network expressed thier gratitude to the commedian, stating "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.
"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."
As at the time of reporting, it is still unclear when he will actually step down or whether the Paramount Global cable network had started looking for a replacement.