The host announced that he will step down from “The Daily Show.” As his best moments reveal, Noah’s comic perspective set him apart from the rest of late night.
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By Trish Bendix
Trevor Noah announced his departure from “The Daily Show” on Thursday night on what was his seventh anniversary as host. Noah said he was grateful for anyone who had contributed to the success of the show, promising he wasn’t leaving just yet.
“We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, but after seven years, I feel like it’s time,” Noah said.
Noah, a comic and former “Daily Show” correspondent, was a surprising choice to succeed the longtime host Jon Stewart after Stewart left the show in 2015.
Noah acknowledged this on Thursday, thanking Comedy Central for trusting “this random comedian no one knew on this side of the world.” But his voice, as one of late night’s few Black hosts, and as an immigrant and millennial, offered a different perspective from that of his broadcast network counterparts.
Here, in chronological order, are a few of the best moments from Noah’s “Daily Show” reign.
‘Dad has left.’
In his first episode, Noah called his becoming host of “The Daily Show” “surreal” as he paid tribute to Stewart: “He was more than just a late night host. He was our voice, our refuge, and in many ways, our political dad. And it’s weird because dad has left. And now it feels like the family has a new step dad, and he’s Black.”
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