Trevor Noah has announced that he is leaving the Daily Show.
Noah has hosted the Comedy Central show for the last seven years, taking over for Jon Stewart.
The host announced his departure on Thursday night’s episode.
“What a journey it’s been,” Noah said in the announcement. “I realized after the seven years, my time is up. Yeah. But in the most beautiful way. Honestly. I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges. One of my greatest joys. I’ve loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh particularly when the stories are sh-tty on the worst days.”
“We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time, you know?” Noah continued. “I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, stand-up was dead. And when I got back out there again, I realized there’s another part of my life I wanted to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages, I miss going to other countries, I miss putting on shows…”
Noah added, “I’m not disappearing, don’t worry. If I owe you money, I’ll pay you.”
According to a report from Decider, who first reported on him leaving, the announcement came as a surprise to staff.
“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next step,” the network said in a statement to Variety. “As we 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.”
The reason for his departure, and whose decision it really was, remains unclear.
The network has not named a replacement at this time.