See Trevor Noah’s Emotional Goodbye During The Daily Show Farewell

By Matthew Creith | Published

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When comedian Jon Stewart left his hosting duties on the late-night show The Daily Show in 2015, many viewers were stunned when it was revealed that Trevor Noah was selected to replace him. Trevor Noah, a South African native and newbie to American audiences, took over The Daily Show and won over audiences rather quickly. Now, Noah has said his final goodbyes to the series that made him famous for seven years on Comedy Central, and he wrapped up his final show this week by praising black women and tearing up while thanking his fans.

Trevor Noah’s final episode of The Daily Show aired on December 8, and the comedian chose to say goodbye by giving a tearful address to the fans that kept watching the late-night political show. Commenting to his audience about the early days of the show when no one showed up to fill the seats, Noah remarked that “Every seat that has ever been filled to watch something I’m doing is always appreciated because I know the empty seat that sits behind it.” He went on to thank the black women in his life, from his mom, grandmother, aunts, and anyone that helped him learn about America and the American political system.

Seen as an outsider in comparison to Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah first joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a Senior International Correspondent but was quickly thrust into the spotlight one year later when Stewart chose to retire from the desk he occupied on television for 16 years. At the time, Noah was newer to political satire and took on the program in addition to a hectic comedy touring schedule that saw him appearing in shows across the country. Having hosted The Daily Show since 2015, Noah and his team have been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards, having won for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series in 2017.

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Since Trevor Noah has been the host of The Daily Show, the actor and comedian has seen his star rise as he has taken on more responsibilities as a writer, producer, and activist. In 2016, Noah released an autobiographical comedy book entitled Born a Crime, which details his childhood growing up in apartheid-era South Africa. He has since hosted a variety of awards shows, including back-to-back gigs hosting the Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022, as well as hosting the 2022 White House Correspondents Dinner for President Joe Biden.

According to a report by Deadline about Trevor Noah’s last appearance on The Daily Show, the comedian currently does not have a permanent replacement lined up to take his place as the host yet. The Daily Show will now be taking its normal holiday break and will return to Comedy Central on January 17, with guest hosts appearing on the series like former Senator Al Franken, Chelsea Handler, actor Kal Penn, comedian Wanda Sykes, and former The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj. With options for a person of color or a woman to step in as a permanent host of the satirical show, hopefully, an announcement of Noah’s replacement will come soon, but whoever they are will end up taking over the host’s desk sometime next fall.