'Reason why I'm here': Trevor Noah thanks 'brilliant' Black women in his life as he quits 'Daily Show'
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Trevor Noah created history in 2015 when he succeeded The Daily Show host Jon Stewart at age 31 for Comedy Central and entertained one and all with his comic geniuses. On Thursday, December 8, the South African comedian bid adieu after his successful 7-year run at the helm, as he thanked everyone who made it possible. "I remember when we started the show, we couldn't get enough people to fill an audience," Noah said in his final monologue. "There were empty seats and then I look at this now, I don't take it for granted ever. "Every seat that has ever been filled to watch something that I'm doing, I always appreciate it because I know there's an empty seat that sits behind it so thank you so much."
He cheered and thanked Black women, to whom he gave credit for his success, "Special shout out to Black women. I've often been credited with having these grand ideas. People say, 'Oh Trevor, you're so smart.' I'm like, 'Who do you think teaches me? Who do you think shaped me, nourished me, and formed me?'" he shared. "From my mom, my grand[mom], my aunt, all these Black women in my life, but in America as well." Noah further, lauded Black women, "I tell people if you want to truly learn about America, talk to Black women cause, unlike everybody else, Black women can't afford to f--- around and find out."
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"Black people understand how hard it is when things go bad, especially in America, but any place where Black people live... when things go bad, Black people know that it's worse for them," he went on. "Black women in particular, they know what s--- is. They know what happens if things do not go the way it should." He concluded by talking about how difficult and at the same time fun it was to carry on the ‘worst days’, "I've loved hosting the show. It's been one of my greatest challenges. It's been one of my greatest joys. I've loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly s----y on the worst days. We've laughed together, we've cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it's time," reports People.
He made a similar statement while talking with The Hollywood Reporter, and added it is important to end things even when they are going well, "A lot of American business and American media is just like, 'Keep it going as long as possible,' but I think it's healthy for things to end when they're still in a good place. I want to leave before I'm burnt out because there are many other things I'd like to do."