Trevor Noah thanked his viewers — “even the people who hate to watch” — as he hosted his latest episode of The Daily Show.
The South African TV host and comedian seemed to get excited as he delivered one of his latest monologues on the US talk show.
She also gave special thanks to women of color who have “shaped and nurtured” me throughout my life and career.
Noah, 38, is stepping down from his role as host after seven years at the helm of the US talk show, which airs on Comedy Central.
He told the audience it had been “an honor” to host The Daily Show and that he wasn’t taking it for granted.
“I am grateful to you, each of you,” he said.
“I remember, when we started the show, we couldn’t find enough people to fill the audience.
“And then when I look at this now I don’t take it for granted, every seat that’s ever been taken to look at something I’m doing I always cherish it because I know the empty seat that’s behind it.
“So thank you, thank you people watching.
“Everyone who has had an opinion, people who have been nice and kind enough… even if it’s a criticism, it doesn’t even have to be praise.
“Even the haters watch — we still have the ratings, so thank you, I will be eternally grateful.”
Speaking of those who have had a specific influence on him, he continued: “I’ve often been credited with these great ideas, people go ‘oh Trevor, you’re so smart.’
“And I’m like, ‘Who do you think teaches me? Who do you think shaped me, fed me, informed me” – from my mother, my grandmother or my aunt, all these black women in my life.
“I always tell people if you really want to get to know America, talk to black women, because unlike everyone else, black women can’t afford to fuck around and find out.”
He added: “Now I’m telling you, do yourself a favor. If you really want to know what to do or how to do it, or maybe the best way or the fairest way, she talks to women of color. That’s many of the reasons I’m here.
“I am so grateful to them and I am grateful to each and every one of you. It was an honor, thank you.”
Noah personally revealed the news of his departure from the show in September, telling the audience he felt “like it’s about time.”
“I remember when we started, so many people didn’t believe in us — it was a crazy bet to make,” she said.
“I found myself filled with gratitude for the journey, it was absolutely amazing, it’s something I never expected.
“We laughed together, we cried together… but after seven years I feel like the time has come, you know?”
She added that there was “another part of my life that I want to keep exploring” and that she wanted to go back to “being everywhere doing everything”.
Noah took over as host of The Daily Show from fellow US comedian Jon Stewart in September 2015, continuing the strong focus on news-based and political satire.
During his tenure he made stylistic tweaks and increased more millennial-based references, impersonations, and characterizations for his comedy on the show.
Noah’s departure from the popular late night show precedes that of British host James Corden, who announced in April he was leaving The Late Late Show in 2023.