For just the third time in its 26-year history, The daily show looking for a new host.
That’s because its host for the past seven years, Trevor Noah, announced last night that he is leaving the series. Noah actually announced the news on The daily show on Thursday, which also happened to be his seventh anniversary episode. Noah replaced Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central series in 2015. He did not give an exact date for when he would film his final episode.
During the show, Noah said, “I realized after seven years that my time is up, but in the most beautiful way … I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my biggest 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 especially funny on the worst days.”
Here was his announcement speech, as posted by The daily show on Twitter:
The daily show debuted on July 22, 1996, when it was hosted by Craig Kilborn, then a popular ESPN sports Center anchor moves into the world of talk shows. Kilborn left The daily show just two years later to be hosted The Late Late Show on CBS. He was followed by Jon Stewart, who turned The daily show for appointment television, especially during election cycles and in the midst of political scandals. Stewart stayed with the show for over 15 years until the South African comedian took over.
While ratings for the series dropped with Noah as host, The daily show remains one of Comedy Central’s key franchises. It has launched several spinoffs, including The Colbert Report and numerous books. The network has yet to announce its plans for the show after Noah’s departure.
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