Trevor Noah, the comidian who emerged from virtual obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart in 2015, plans to leave the flagship Comedy Central series following a seven-year run in which he transformed it for a new audience that prefers social media to cable and broadcast networks.
Two persons with knowledge of the situation said that Noah made his plans known to the audience during the New York filming of the show on Thursday night.
It was unclear when he would actually step down or whether the Paramount Global cable network had started looking for a replacement. A spokesperson for Noah named Jill Fritzo could not be reached right away for comment.
“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” the network said in a statement.
“As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of ‘The Daily Show‘ as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.”
Yes, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert still make an appearance on weeknights at roughly 11:30 p.m. They have fewer competitors, making it easier for them to parody news stories and perform celebrity impersonation and stunts.
Inside Warner Bros. Conan O’Brien and Samantha Bee’s late-night programs have both been cancelled by Discovery executives, and neither has been replaced. Three distinct programs, hosted by Stewart, Colbert, and Chris Hardwick, were originally available on Comedy Central.
The cable network now only has one channel. “Desus & Mero” on Showtime just ceased production. James Corden has already said he will leave CBS’ “The Late Late Show” at the end of the current season, and NBC no longer airs comedy shows at 1:30 in the morning. following their breakup with Lilly Singh in 2021.
Who will replace Trevor Noah?
There are a number of Noah’s replacements on Comedy Central’s lineup. A sizable group of fictitious “correspondents” that the host works with includes stalwarts like Desi Lydic, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, and Dulc Sloan. Jordan Klepper, a regular contributor who formerly hosted “The Opposition,” a show that followed “Daily,” has earned popularity online for segments in which he visits conservatives at rallies and inquires about the state of the country.
Charlamagne Tha God and Comedy Central have also started collaborating on a weekly presentation that combines humor, commentary, and news.