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Trevor Noah's Ends 'Daily Show' With An Emotional Tribute To Black Women

Trevor Noah's ends 'Daily Show' and concludes it with an emotional tribute to black women. The final episode of Trevor Noah's run as host of The Daily Show aired on Thursday night, and it was a nostalgic whirlwind of an episode.

William Willis
Dec 12, 202293 Shares1244 Views
Trevor Noah's ends 'Daily Show'and concludes it with an emotional tribute to black women.
The final episode of Trevor Noah's run as host of The Daily Show aired on Thursday night, and it was a nostalgic whirlwind of an episode.
Noah's run spanned seven years. Noah reconnected with all of his correspondents over the course of an hour, received special prerecorded shout-outs from Oprah, Issa Rae, and other celebrities, and brought on comedian and longtime friend Neal Brennan as his final guest.

The Final Episode

During the final fifteen minutes of the episode, Noah did not include any skits or bits but instead delivered a monologue to the audience in which he discussed his path to the show as well as the many things he has discovered about America over the course of his life.
The host, Noah who is South African, teared up as he said:
I've often been credited with having these grand ideas-people are like, 'Oh Trevor, you're so smart'. Who do you think teaches me? Who do you think has shaped me, nourished me, informed me?- Noah Trevor
After that, he proceeded to honor Black women such as Roxane Gay, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and Tarana Burke.
Do yourself a favor. If you truly want to know what to do or how to do it, or maybe the best way or the most equitable way, talk to Black women. They’re a lot of the reason why I’m here. So I’m grateful to them and I’m grateful to you.- Noah Trevor
The conclusion of Noah's run was a triumph thanks to a touching and hilarious episode that was just right for the occasion. It served as a reminder to the audience that for Noah, The Daily Show was never a destination but rather a pit stop along the way.
Noah was a successful comedian who sold out venues prior to taking over for former host Jon Stewart, and it is likely that he would have continued his career at a rapid pace had he not taken over for Stewart.
Before Stewart called him up and asked him to make a few guest appearances to get his feet wet before ultimately choosing him as his successor, he wasn't even that familiar with the show before Stewart asked him to do so.
Now Noah is going to leave because he has decided that now is as good a time as any to leave, and there is still so much more life to be lived outside. There isn't going to be a major gig on the horizon, and there won't be a sneaky announcement that he's got some other job lined up either.
The host gave the most illuminating explanation for his sudden departure in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He mentioned how quintessentially American it is to cling to something all the time.
Maybe this comes with not being raised in America, but I believe that everything should end. 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. You should be happy that an African leader is peacefully leaving power. That’s never a guarantee.- Noah Trevor
Brennan, a respected comedian who's known Noah for 13 years, joked that he was still worried about how Noah would feel the next day when he wasn't the host of The Daily Show: "You're just going to be a best-selling author who does comedy in sold-out arenas all over the world."
Brennan was an unexpected final guest for Noah, a comedian who rose to prominence as Dave Chappelle's writing partner and is currently receiving positive reviews for his new special, Blocks. However, the candor between Noah and Brennan was pleasant and added to the finale's nostalgic feel.
Brennan's admission of depression and anxiety brought the conversation to a thoughtful halt. He's tried everything from transcranial magnetic stimulation to ketamine therapy to ayahuasca to treat his mental health issues.
Noah capitalized on the potential tenderness of the moment by asking Brennan to offer advice to viewers who may be struggling with their mental health as well.
Brennan quipped:
Just keep saving your money. Invest in a Roth IRA.- Brennan
He then made a more sincere statement, encouraging people to try different treatments. If one doesn't work, he suggests trying another.
The episode concluded with Noah thoughtfully monologuing about three major lessons he's learned from living in America and hosting the show, including politics is just a way to solve problems; context matters; and the world is friendlier than the internet and social media would lead you to believe.

Final Words

He then thanked the show's producers and executives for bringing him on.
This has been an honor, thank you.- Noah Trevor
The audience gets up and sings Gerry & the Pacemakers' "You'll Never Walk Alone."
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