Trevor Noah warned potential successors of downsides to hosting The Daily Show

‘I wish someone had told me:’ Trevor Noah reveals he met with ALL Daily Show talent to warn them of downsides to hosting the show if they were asked to replace him

  • The Daily Show host Trevor Noah said he was overwhelmed when he took the job 
  • Noah, 38, sat down with his potential successors to brief them on what it entails
  • The comedian will host his last show in December before going on tour next year
  • It will last for most of 2023 and taken him across the US and to South Africa 

Trevor Noah has revealed that he met all of his potential successors to warn them about the downsides of hosting The Daily Show. 

Noah, who is set to leave the show in December, said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that he was surprised when he took the job seven years ago and wants those next inline to know what it entails.

The comedian, who has hosted the Comedy Central program since 2015, announced his intention to depart during taping for its September 29 episode, taking the audience and the show’s staff by surprise. 

It was revealed in the recent interview that since making that announcement he sat down with all of the show’s correspondents, most of whom he picked, to explain the particulars of the job.

‘I wish someone had told me what a grind it was,’ he told the publication, explaining that the role has been 24/7.

‘You’re also running the show, so everything from HR to designing the set, you’re a part of, and it doesn’t stop when you leave the building,’ he said.

‘There’s no moment when breaking news happens where I go, “Oh, wow, I don’t care.'” No, I have to care. Being informed is part of my job.’  

In September, Noah broke the news to his audience that he was ending his stint at the program, telling viewers, 'There's another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring'

In September, Noah broke the news to his audience that he was ending his stint at the program, telling viewers, ‘There’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring’

In addition to the 28-city US tour, Noah says he will do shows in his home country of South Africa and is also launching a stand-up hour on Netflix later this month

In addition to the 28-city US tour, Noah says he will do shows in his home country of South Africa and is also launching a stand-up hour on Netflix later this month

Although Noah acknowledged he was overwhelmed when he took the job all those years ago, he did say he doesn’t regret it.

‘Because I don’t know that the answer is yes. And maybe that’s what saved me, the ignorance, because I am glad that I did it. It’s like, would I go bungee jumping again? I don’t know, but I’m glad I did that, too.’

Comedian Trevor Noah has announced his first post-Daily Show gig will be a domestic tour of his stand up act Off the Record, which will kick off mere weeks after he wraps his official time behind the Comedy Central desk

Comedian Trevor Noah has announced his first post-Daily Show gig will be a domestic tour of his stand up act Off the Record, which will kick off mere weeks after he wraps his official time behind the Comedy Central desk

In September, Noah broke the news to his audience that he was ending his stint at the program, telling viewers, 'There’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring'

In September, Noah broke the news to his audience that he was ending his stint at the program, telling viewers, ‘There’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring’

Noah’s last day hosting the show will be on December 3, Comedy Central said in October. 

The comedian explained in the interview that he felt everything had to come to an end.

‘A lot of American business and American media is just like, “Keep it going as long as possible,” but I think it’s healthy for things to end when they’re still in a good place,’ he said.

His decision to stop hosting The Daily Show came amid steadily declining viewership. 

When he took over in 2015, its ratings sat at around 900,000 – but in recent months, numbers have frequently dropped below 400,000. For those figures, Noah was reportedly compensated upward of $16 million annually.

During his predecessor Jon Stewart’s tenure behind the desk, viewing figures were typically around 1.5 million an episode – and rose as high as 2.5 million in 2013.

As he announced the decision to stop hosting, he said: ‘I realized there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring.’

‘I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows. I miss just being everywhere, doing everything,’ said Noah, who speaks seven languages. 

The comedian will hit the road in the new year, going on a tour that will last almost the entirety of 2023.

He will start in Atlanta on January 20 before heading to cities including St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston, Nashville and New Orleans.

In September he will also give performances in his home country South Africa, visiting Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.

In his exit speech in September, Noah noted the length of his tenure and the eras the show has endured, including the Trump presidency and the pandemic. 

‘I realized that after seven years my time is up but in the most beautiful way. I’ve loved hosting the show. It has been one of my greatest challenges and greatest joys.

‘I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even on the worst days. We’ve laughed together. We’ve cried together. After seven years I believe it’s time.’

After his announcement, the network released a statement that read, ‘In time, we will turn to the next chapter of The Daily Show, and all of our incredible correspondents will be at the top of that list. Until then, we are focused on celebrating Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions.’

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