Behind the scenes of Trevor Noah’s star-studded ‘Daily Show’ farewell

how could you Say goodbye to a late night show redefined by your presence? Well, if you listen to the advice of Comedy Central executives, Paramount Global boardrooms, and all of The Daily Show Staff – you don’t. But for Trevor Noah, who stood behind The Daily Show The Office for the last time as host on Thursday night, you’re saying goodbye with a party — and thank you.

“One last time,” Noah said at the show’s opening. “Let’s celebrate.”

Say goodbye to a full cast of reporters and crew, sung semi-successfully to Liverpool favorite “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and Noah spent his final show urging viewers to appreciate human life and context at the expense of partisan division – all while looking back on a show Forever changed under his leadership.

When Noah announced his departure from the show earlier this month, the bombshell revealed fans were raving about the reasons behind the sudden exit. Industry insiders said the announcement came as a shock not only to Paramount and Viacom executives, but to the show’s cast and crew, who heard the news live alongside the show’s studio audience. “Part of the reason I did it this way is because I didn’t want anyone to be the one to then tell someone else, and then tell someone else, and then tell someone else,” Noah said. Hollywood Reporter. “And that’s where we make the thing. [The show] It’s where we’re together, our space, and so for me, it just felt like the most natural way to tell everyone at the same time.”

Starting in 2023, while The Daily Show Hosted by a rotating list of guests, Noah will embark on a 28-city tour of North America. But according to Noah, there’s no fight, blow-up, or major business opportunity that caused him to leave, nothing more than wanting to do something or anything new. This lack of plans was enough for the reporters Michael Costa, Daisy Ledeck, Dulce Sloane, Roy Wood Jr., and Jordan Kleiber all sneer graciously during their turns in the spotlight.

“You quit a job to do nothing?” Sloan noted. “Wow, you really are half white.”

While the big question on everyone’s mind is what Noah will do next, the show has taken a surprisingly surface-level look back at Noah’s trajectory from unknown newcomer to likable (and somewhat divisive) public figure. Instead of showing some of the host’s more impactful videos, there was a nice medley of his favorite catchphrase, “Get the fuck out of here, man.” It also included cheeky celebrity farewells from Oprah, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nick Offerman, Bill Gates, and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — a real exercise in why celebrities should be taught how to shoot horizontal iPhone videos. But Noah garnered praise and thanks with confidence, constantly redirecting attention toward the audience and executives in the audience who picked him first.

“Savor every moment,” he said in a moment of contemplation, advice he imparted to a younger version of himself. “There are moments in life that mean something. [But] It’s hard to realize in life how all this growth comes from difficult moments…and not invest in cryptocurrency. “

When Noah was tapped by execs and given former host Jon Stewart’s blessing in 2015, he was relatively unknown in the American stand-up comedy world and had only been a correspondent for The Daily Show for three months before stepping in as host. But Noah’s inexperience with American politics, which many saw as a weakness, gave the former host a fresh look during the rise of candidate Donald Trump. While later years have seen Noah criticized for his tendency to “just talk about it like a human being” during some tense political situations, The Daily Show The host paints the show with a global perspective, allowing Noah to bring his own comedy with the serious intention of seeing the good in others. Since then, the South African comedian has increased the show’s online attendance tenfold, and has battled initial drops in ratings to become a staple of primetime millennial television.

Trevor Noah says goodbye during his final recording of The Daily Show On December 8, 2022.

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Does Noah’s departure signify a major change in late-night television? It’s hard to say. In our current understanding of the format, the hosts need to be new enough to keep the series from stagnation, but firmly established enough to draw in and keep viewers watching. And for every success story like Fallon, Colbert, and Stewart Noah is now joining the class, failures have the potential to push a comic’s progress back years. Comedian Neil Brennan remarked that this was not the case with Noah. “[You] Bring variety to late night,” he said, ahead of Noah with *literal* flowers.” You can tune in The Daily Show inside The Breakfast Club. “

It’s easy to imagine a final match The Daily Show With Noah it was much bigger than the one pictured on Thursday. There were no major guests, no sweeping memorials, and a surprising lack of weeping. But what was present at every break, every camera reset, every behind-the-scenes moment as reporters hugged, kissed, and cheered on the kids growing up, was the celebration. There was more thanks than jokes, and even a moment when Noah pushed everything aside to thank Black women for their support and knowledge.

“Who do you think teaches me?” he said, pointing to his mother and grandmother. “Unlike everyone else, black women can’t just have sex and find out.”


Trevor Noah said goodbye to his seven-year run with Joe a man confident in his choice – and set about creating a final arc that focused on friends and family, which meant the most to him.

“It was the craziest trip that I did not and did not expect,” Noah told a full audience. “It was an honor, thank you.”

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