Trevor Noah signed off from The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday, December 8. He began his tenure as the host of the popular show in 2015. He succeeded Jon Stewart, who held the role from 1999 until 2015. There is no word yet on who will helm the satirical series next.
Noah announced his departure in August. At the time, he said of his experience, “I’ve loved hosting the 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’s time.”
During his final episode, Trevor Noah offered a tearful and genuine message of thanks to audience members and home viewers in a between-scenes video. “I’m grateful to you. Every single one of you. I remember when we started the show, we couldn’t get enough people to fill the audience… And I look at this now, and I don’t take it for granted, ever.”
In the true spirit of The Daily Show, Noah added jokingly, “Even the people who hate-watch, we still got the ratings!”
The host became visibly emotional as he paid a special tribute to Black women. He reflected on everything he had learned from these ladies and their influence on him. He specifically mentioned his family members, such as his aunts, grandmother, and mother. Noah thanked them for impacting his mentality and ways of thinking.
His words of wisdom to those watching were, “I’ll tell you now, do yourself a favor; if you truly want to know what to do or how to do it, or maybe the best way or the most equitable way, talk to Black women.” He called knowing this group of women “an honor.”
Noah also thanked the correspondents he worked with daily for seven years on the series. They are Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Roy Wood Jr, and Dulcé Sloan. Another contributor, Jordan Klepper, sent a video package of interviews conducted with people in New York City, all of whom wished Trevor Noah the best.
As for what comes next for Noah, he summed it up in one word: “everything.”
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