On Thursday evening, comedian Trevor Noah said his good bye to The Daily Show on Comedy Central. A few months ago, he had announced that it was time for him to step away and engage with other parts of his life. Noah took over the show after the previous host Jon Stewart's departure in 2015.
In a tearful reflection, Noah expressed his gratitude for to fans and viewers of those of the show. “Thank you to the people who watch, the people who share the clips, everyone who’s had an opinion,” Noah stated. “Even if it’s a critique, it doesn’t even have to be praise. Even the people who hate-watched, we still got the ratings; thank you.”
One of the most touching parts was his homage to Black women across the globe. Citing his mother, aunts and figures like Tressie McMillan Cottom, Noah shared that Black women have been a primary driving force behind his success and have uplifted him.
“I’ll tell you now, do yourself a favor. If you truly want to know what to do or how to do it, or maybe the best way or the most equitable way, talk to Black women. They’re a lot of the reason why I’m here. So I’m grateful to them and I’m grateful to you,” said Noah.
Across social media, Noah has received accolades for the impact that he's had on the landmark comedy show and the manner in which he has brought awareness to world issues impact our global society.
Over the tenure of his time as host of the Daily Show, he released an autobiographical book titled Born A Crime which provided color about his life and journey to comedy. Additionally, he released two comedy specials, Afraid of the Dark and Son of Patricia. Last month, Noah released a new comedy special in conjunction with Netflix called I Wish You Would. It's his third special to be hosted on the streaming platform.