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Trevor Noah announces he's leaving 'The Daily Show'

Noah came from near-obscurity to host one of the most popular comedy shows on television after Jon Stewart stepped down in 2015.
/ Source: TODAY

Trevor Noah announced he is leaving "The Daily Show" on Thursday, Sept. 29.

"I realized that after seven years, my time is up," he said as the audience gasped. "But in the most beautiful way."

He thanked his fans for an "amazing seven years" that have been "truly wild."

"I remember when we first started... So many people didn't believe in us. It was a crazy bet to make. I still think it was a crazy choice." he said. "And what a journey that it's been."

Noah took over for former host Jon Stewart, who left the show in 2015. At the time, the South African comedian was not well-known in the United States and faced what he would later call an uphill battle to win over audiences.

But despite those challenges, Noah said in his announcement that he has "loved hosting the show."

"It's been one of my greatest challenges. It's been one of my greatest joys," Noah said in his goodbye on Sept. 29. "We've laughed together, we've cried together... But after seven years I feel like it's time."

It was not immediately clear when Noah plans to leave, nor has Comedy Central named a successor.

In a statement to Variety, Comedy Central said the network is "grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years."

"With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” the network said in a statement. “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.”

Noah, for his part, said he hopes to see more of the world around him. He said in his announcement that he hopes to travel, perform and learn more languages after leaving the show.

"There's another part of my life that I want to continue exploring," he said.

"The point is, I want to say thank you," he concluded. "Because man, I never dreamed that I would be here."