Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who took over the hosting reins of “The Every day Show” after the departure of Jon Stewart seven years ago, announced on Thursday that he could be leaving this system.
“We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together,” Mr. Noah said during a taping of the show on Thursday that was released before the show aired. “But after seven years, I feel prefer it’s time.”
Comedy Central said in an announcement that the network had been working with Mr. Noah “for a very long time to determine how he can maintain the demanding schedule.”
The network added that “with no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps.”
Mr. Noah, 38, said on Thursday that after presiding over the show for a turbulent seven years — writing jokes in regards to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the pandemic and other major news events — he had realized that there was “one other a part of my life that I would like to hold on exploring.” He said he missed touring, going to other countries, learning other languages and “being in every single place, doing every part.”
Mr. Noah didn’t elaborate further, but he has continued touring and releasing stand-up specials throughout his time as host.
Comedy Central said that it was “excited for the subsequent chapter” of “The Every day Show,” nevertheless it didn’t say who could be the subsequent host.
Mr. Noah will join a wave of departing late-night hosts, amongst them James Corden of CBS; “Desus and Mero” of Showtime; and Samantha Bee, an alum of “The Every day Show,” of TBS. Last yr, Conan O’Brien said goodbye to his late-night show on TBS.
Mr. Noah thanked the network on Thursday for believing “on this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.”
When Mr. Stewart left this system in 2015, having spent 16 years transforming the satirical program into an award-winning staple of political comedy, fans eagerly awaited a solution to the query of who would succeed one among TV’s most influential and revolutionary hosts.
The announcement got here as a surprise to many: Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television who had been scouted by Mr. Stewart and his “Every day Show” staff, was getting an enormous and unexpected promotion after just three appearances on the show. (The network had approached higher-profile stars like Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer.)
The choice to call a 31-year-old biracial comic from South Africa was intended to bring a younger, international perspective to “The Every day Show.”
In an interview with The Recent York Times after the announcement, Mr. Noah spoke of being a part of “a recent young generation of comedians of color, in an area where our parents didn’t have a voice that was recognized.”
But soon after the announcement, Mr. Noah became embroiled in an argument over jokes he had posted years earlier on Twitter about women and Jewish folks that some viewed as offensive. Mr. Noah responded to criticism on the time, saying that “to cut back my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is just not a real reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.”
The network stood behind him. Soon, Mr. Noah’s version of “The Every day Show” was off and running, with correspondents from various backgrounds bringing fresh takes to the show.
He joked to The Times in 2015 that since joining this system, the “blackness has tremendously increased on the show. There’s been an epidemic of blackness.” And he recalled the recommendation that Mr. Stewart gave him before starting in his recent role: “Make the most effective show that you are feeling must be made. And trust your discomfort.”
During his tenure, Mr. Noah embraced his outsider perspective, commenting on America’s struggles with race, class and other facets of society that he deemed absurd, if not ripe for comedic jabbing.
In 2020, he dedicated entire segments to the Black Lives Matter movement and the people protesting police brutality against Black people, saying in a single video that it felt as if there was “no moment of justice.”
He recalled on Thursday that he had never dreamed of becoming host.
“I kind of felt like ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’” he said. “I got here in for a tour of what the previous show was. After which the subsequent thing I do know, I used to be handed the keys.”
Mr. Noah has since shown his serious side. In 2016, he published his autobiography, “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood,” a raw chronicling of his upbringing in South Africa during and after apartheid.
The son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, Mr. Noah reminisces within the book about being “half-white, half-Black” in a rustic where his birth “violated any variety of laws, statutes and regulations.”
In May, he performed on the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the primary through the pandemic era, teasing President Biden before stopping to remark about having the liberty to accomplish that.
“I stood here tonight and I made fun of the president of america, and I’m going to be high quality. I’m going to be high quality, right?” he said, glancing at Mr. Biden. “Like, do you actually understand what a blessing it’s?”
In 2023, Mr. Noah will tour in South Africa. He wrote on Twitter this week, “Can’t wait to come back home.”