In Farewell Statement, “Daily Show” Anchor Trevor Noah Thanks Black Women and Fans
Trevor Noah, the anchor of “The Daily Show,” signed out for the final time Thursday evening.
Noah, who took over as late-night host in 2015 after veteran presenter Jon Stewart left, took a few moments at the close of the broadcast to express his gratitude and the lessons he has learned over the years.
The South African comedian called his stint as the face of the Comedy Central show “a wild ride” and the “craziest adventure that I didn’t predict, that I didn’t expect.”
Noah spent the majority of the program, leading up to his final goodbye, reflecting on memories and joking about his departure and future plans with his correspondents, also known as the “World’s Fakest News Team.”
When it was time for Noah to go, he began by thanking the crowd and then revealed three things he said he learned while running the event. The first is that “problems are real,” and politics is a made-up technique of attempting to solve them.
Recognizing that he has only been in America for a “very short period,” Noah went on to describe the two-party system’s divisiveness and stated that issues aren’t Republican or Democrat.
The left-wing host, who occasionally poked fun at the Democratic Party on the satirical news show, even applauded former President Trump for his prison reform initiatives and said he wished he could have better conveyed the significance of not focusing on the party with whom one may identify.
The second thing Noah learned is that context is important and that “nothing makes sense” without it. He highlighted that the world reacts to brief video segments in which what transpired before and after the film may not be mentioned or even publicly available.
“Perhaps we shouldn’t have an opinion right away,” Noah offered. “Perhaps we should just wait and see what happens.”
He concluded by saying that the world is “a friendlier place than the Internet, and the news will make you think.”
Noah concluded his farewell speech by thanking his and the show’s fans, his family, and his employees. “The Daily Show” taught him to “be appreciative for what he has,” he stated.
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“When we first launched the show, we couldn’t get enough people to fill the crowd,” Noah recalled. “Thank you to everyone who watches, everyone who shares the videos, everyone who has an opinion, everyone who has been nice and polite enough.”
He also thanked the folks who “hate-watched” the show and stated he will be eternally grateful to them for contributing to the ratings.
Noah also thanked Black women specifically. He attributes his brilliance and success to his mother, grandmother, aunt, and other “Black women in his life.”
“If you actually want to learn about America, talk to Black women. Unlike everyone else, Black women can’t afford to f*** about and find out. Black people realize how difficult it is when things go wrong, especially in America,” Noah added, his eyes welling up with tears.
Trevor gives thanks to the fans who supported him over the last seven years and the Black women who shaped his life. pic.twitter.com/p2VpOkSm4T
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 9, 2022
Noah announced his departure from the show in September to devote more time to travel, family, and friends. According to an earlier Fox News Digital article, Noah was chastised for not being able to fill the void left by Stewart.
NPR issued a list of Noah’s “most memorable moments” shortly after announcing his departure, and one of them was his debut appearance when he paid tribute to his predecessor.
The fact that “Noah frequently went viral for his attacks on former President Trump” made the list of significant moments, as did the fact that he completed two interviews.
Noah’s anti-Trump stance hardly distinguished him among late-night comedians, since Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Seth Meyers all publicly oppose the former president.
His Off The Record global tour will begin in April 2023, according to his Twitter.
I am excited to announce my 2023 Off The Record Tour, with the first dates kicking off in the US! 🕺🏾🙌🏾 Signup for the presale code on my website, to get tickets before they go on sale! https://t.co/L7bDKHUQMY See you in 2023! 😁 #OffTheRecordTour 🔥🎵 @AndyMineo pic.twitter.com/GkQjZ42TcG
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) November 14, 2022
The network has stated that it will experiment with a rotating roster of guest hosts before deciding on a permanent successor. Chelsea Handler, Al Franken, Hasan Minhaj, and others are among those on the list.