After seven years as presenter of the satirical news program, comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah is about to depart.
Using a video posted on the show’s Twitter account, he announced it on Thursday.
He said: “It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected.
“I’ve loved hosting this show, it’s been one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys.”
Following his quarantine due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the South African comic claimed he missed traveling.
“I found myself thinking throughout the time of everything we’ve gone through. The Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey, more pandemic and I realize that after the seven years, my time is up.
“I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road. I realized there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring,” he said.
Notably, the program gained popularity under former host Jon Stewart, who presided over it for 16 years before departing in 2015 with many in shocked to hear that Stewart will be replaced with the relatively unknown Noah.
However, there have been no hints as to who will succeed Noah.
With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” said Paramount Global cable network, the owner of the Comedy Central show, in a statement to US media.
Noah expressed his gratitude to his viewers saying, “The Daily Show” team and to Comedy Central, “who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.”