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South African comedian, Trevor Noah, shocks fans, reveals he is leaving ‘Daily Show’ after seven years



South African comedian and television host, Trevor Noah on Thursday announced he’s leaving The Daily Show on Comedy Central, after hosting it for seven years, indicating he wanted to dedicate more time to stand-up comedy.

At the end of his broadcast on Thursday night, the 38-year-old comedian shocked the live audience and viewers at home by announcing that he would be stepping down as host of The Daily Show.

“My time is up,” Noah said to audible gasps from the crowd.

“Yeah, but in the most beautiful way, honestly.”

He called hosting the show, which he took over from longtime host Jon Stewart in 2015, “one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys.”

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But after seven years, he added, “I feel like it’s time.”

Noah went on to say that he came to the decision after he was finally able to get back out on the road as a stand-up comedian after two years of hosting the show from his New York apartment.

“I miss going to other countries and putting on shows,” he said. “I miss just being everywhere and doing everything.”

After thanking everyone who helped him get where he ended up, Noah said, “I never dreamed I would be here,” comparing himself to the title character of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who was “handed the keys” by Stewart’s Willy Wonka.

Trevor Noah ended by assuring viewers that this was not his last episode and will “still be here for the time being,” adding, “all I can say is thank you very much.”

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