Why is Trevor Noah leaving The Daily Show?
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, is exiting the programme
38-year-old Noah was born and raised in South Africa
Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for 7 straight years
Trevor Noah, the 38-year-old South African comedian who hosts of The Daily Show, has decided to quit the programme, in a move that came as a surprise to audiences. Noah’s departure from The Daily Show means Comedy Central will have to find a replacement soon as the show producers have decided to soldier on, according to a New York Post report.
Noah, who was hardly well-known as a comedian when he succeeded Jon Stewart, as the host of The Daily Show has spent seven years hosting the programme. During this period, the show’s tone and tenor has undergone serious transformation. It was while Trevor Noah was hosting the show that American comedy got another superstar – Hasan Minhaj, featured on Noah’s show on occasion.
Trevor Noah announced his decision to move on from the show after seven years to his studio audience. “We have laughed together; we have cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time,” Noah, whose comedy often features a great deal of mimicry and accents said.
But Noah’s announcement that he is leaving the show immediately triggered speculation on social media about the potential reasons for the development. A Twitter user wrote: “Anyone who thinks Trevor Noah was anything but fired for low ratings is an idiot.”
So, was Trevor Noah fired?
An answer to this question is yet to emerge. A Comedy Central spokesperson told New York Post that the channel is grateful to Noah for the “amazing partnership over the past seven years.”
In these seven years, however, The Daily Show has seen a near-consistent dip in ratings. At the peak of the show, back in 2013 when Jon Stewart was at the helm, The Daily Show had averaged 2.5 million viewers every night. With Noah in control, average viewership tapered of north of 800,000.
There were few exceptions such as the 2016 elections.
Of late, the ratings are said to have taken a dip, media reports indicate. Social media figures, which were not independently verified by this publication, peg recent numbers around 400,000.
Asked when Noah was departing, the Comedy Central spokesperson told New York Post: “With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps. As wee 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.”
Trevor Noah took over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart on September 28, 2015. Jon Stewart had taken over the show from Craig Kilborn in 1999. Stewart helmed The Daily Show for 16 years.