Trevor Noah bids The Daily Show goodbye It’s taught me to be grateful

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And just like that, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” was a thing of the past.

Noah hosted Comedy Central’s satirical news program for the last time on Thursday, a one-hour episode that was pitched to viewers as a “celebration of the fact” that we America is fixed.

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“When I started the show,” he said at the beginning of the episode, “I had three clear goals: ‘I’m going to make sure Hillary gets elected, I’m going to make sure I’m not starting a global Am.” Epidemic. Stop it.” And I’m going to be Kanye West’s best friend. I think it’s time to move on.

Most of Noah’s farewells adopted the same tone—nostalgic, but cheeky. Aside from a brief interview with comedian Neil Brennan, the episode was devoted entirely to looking back at Noah’s seven-year tenure and poking fun at his vague plans for the future. At one point, Noah, who frequently references his South African upbringing, joked that “it was only a matter of hours before he went back to Africa.”

“Rafiki has adopted the new baby,” he continued, referring to the famous scene from the movie “The Lion King.” “We should all be there. That’s the whole point.

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Noah announced his impending departure from “The Daily Show” in September, explaining that he wanted to spend more time on other aspects of life, whether family and friends or live comedy shows and touring. After seven years he said, ‘My time is up. But in the most beautiful way. (Until the next permanent host is announced, the show will be led by guests including Al Franken, Chelsea Handler, D.L. Hughley, Leslie Jones, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, and Marlon Wayans.)

“The Daily Show” was transformed into a cultural institution under the late night program’s second host, Jon Stewart, who served for 16 years. Noah, a South African comedian for the most part unknown to American audiences back in 2015, was an unlikely successor to Stewart, but was chosen by Comedy Central executives in an effort to attract millennial viewers to the network.

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In the end, Noah, now 38, was able to do more than speak authentically to a younger demographic. As Elahe Izzadi of The Washington Post observed this week in a retrospective of his many years as host, “Noah could have brought something Stewart and his once-rumored potential replacement could not: a comedic scene that only Could have been given by an outsider, the one who introduced it is part of the inside.

On Thursday, “Daily Show” correspondents devoted their segments to Noah’s departure.

Stock reporter Michael Costa said, “As much as I love numbers, there’s a different N-word I love even more: nostalgia.” Weatherperson Desi Lyddick Runs a Self-Centered Exit Interview With Noah: “What Will You Miss Most About Me?” He asked. Internet trends expert Ronnie Chiang joked that he didn’t need Noah anymore. “I’ve been in several tent-pole franchises for this show,” he boasted—while traffic reporter Roy Wood Jr. asked Noah to give the shtick up. begged: “Just accept it. You are not African.

Lottery announcer Dulke Sloan gets straight to the question on everyone’s mind: What’s next for Noah? She struggled to understand that, according to the host, she didn’t really have anything special planned. “So you’re quitting without doing anything? Wow, you’re really half white,” Sloan remarked.

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Surprise guest Jordan Klepper, a former reporter who has returned to the show intermittently, had his own theory: Maybe Noah will run a candy store. Klepper introduced the idea during a video segment in which he interviewed New Yorkers about how Noah’s departure made them feel. Some were passionate in their views. One person believed Jimmy Fallon to be a “Daily Show” correspondent.

New Yorkers can be seen as an apt sample of the American population, differing in opinion and attitudes. Noah admits at the end of the episode that he still doesn’t understand much about this country, and becomes increasingly aware of the fact “the more I learn, the more fun it is.”

So maybe Noah didn’t fix America in one fell swoop. But he did manage to relay some valuable lessons he’s learned over the years and try to infuse his point of view into the show.

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The first lesson, he said, was that “issues are real, but politics is an invented way of solving those issues… It’s not binary. There are not just two ways to solve any problem.” ,

The second was “Never forget how much context matters.” When Noah first started hosting, he said, people hated him for superficial reasons like his hair and accent. Seven years later, “These people still hate me – but for the right reasons. Because they know me. They understand me.”

Noah haters got tons of mentions throughout the night — “Haters — look, we’ve still got ratings,” he quipped — but positivity reigned supreme. She thanked the audience multiple times, and specifically gave a shout-out to black women for shaping the way we see the world.

That shoutout fell in line with Noah’s final lesson from hosting the show: Gratitude.

He said, “It’s taught me to be grateful for everything I have that I didn’t even realize I had.” “Grateful to the amazing people who helped me make every single episode.”


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