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Trevor Noah Leaving Daily Show’ After Seven Years

Trevor Noah nears his last laugh on “The daily show.”

the comedian, which came from almost anonymity to take over the program from Jon Stewart in 2015, plans to leave the flagship series Comedy Central after a seven-year tenure in which he transformed the program for a new generation of viewers more at home on social media than cable channels and broadcast networks.

Noah revealed his plans to an audience during the taping of the program Thursday night in New York, according to two people familiar with the case. It wasn’t immediately clear when his actual exit would take place, or if Paramount Global’s cable network was beginning to consider a successor. Jill Fritzo, a representative for Noah, could not be reached for immediate comment.

“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. As there is no timetable for his departure, we are working together on next steps,” the network said in a statement. “As we look ahead, we look forward to the next chapter in ‘The Daily Show”s more than 25-year history as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, and audiences help the world understand them. to understand.”

Noah’s plans to leave surface when… TV’s late-night selection is beginning to shrink. Yes, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel still show up every weeknight around 11:30pm to make fun of the daily headlines and do celebrity impressions and stunts, but they have fewer rivals. At Warner Bros. discovery, executives have nightly shows headed by both Samantha Bee and Conan O’Brien. sunk, nor have they attempted to replace them. Comedy Central once had three different programs, led by Stewart, Colbert and Chris Hardwick. Now the cable network is just one. Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” recently stopped production. James Corden has already indicated that he plans to to step down from CBS’ “The Late Late Show” next year, and NBC will no longer be broadcasting comedy shows at 1:30 a.m. after the retirement of Lilly Singh in 2021.

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Comedy Central has several potential replacements for Noah on its roster. The host works with a wide circle of fake correspondents, including mainstays like Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta and Dulcé Sloan. Jordan Klepper, who once hosted ‘The Opposition’, a show that followed ‘Daily’, is a regular contributor and has gained online traction for segments where he visits conservatives at rallies and asks them questions about the state of the country. Comedy Central also has worked with Charlamagne Tha God at a weekly showcase that combines comedy, commentary and news.

Noah has worked diligently to master the program, courting various media influencers after office hours and devising new “Daily” formats. His chat with the public during commercial breaks became fodder for social media clips. During the coronavirus pandemic, Noah hosted the show from his apartment, focusing on more serious topics and interviews in the belief that his audience — younger than those watching his competitors on broadcast networks — was interested in a more serious discussion. The show went on hiatus in the summer of 2021 to return to a more normal mode of production.

But the comedian took over the program under close supervision. Stewart, who inherited Craig Kilborn’s ‘Daily Show’ in 1999, made it an institution with his research into how the news media presented stories. When Noah took his seat, he faced a difficult transition. “I’ll say the first two years were terrible – and it was terrible because I took over one of America’s most beloved institutions,” he told Variety in 2020. “And even though Jon Stewart had handed over the reins to me, it was essentially a year where people told me not to do the job and I wasn’t worth sitting in that chair. And I kept believing that. You get into this new role and you do a new job and most of the first year was just trying to keep afloat just trying not to get canceled and trying to find my position And the analogy that I use, is trying to learn how to fly an airplane while the airplane is flying, that’s how it felt every day.”

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Noah’s departure means the late night will be less diverse, especially after the departures of Bee and Singh and the end of the “Desus & Mero” program on Showtime. Those dynamics could play a role in how executives at Comedy Central choose to move forward.

BreAnna Bell contributed to this report.

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