Trevor Noah thanks fans, black woman on ‘Daily Show’ finale – The Hollywood Reporter
“When I started this show, I had three clear goals,” the host said. “I was like, I’m going to make sure that Hillary gets elected. I’m going to make sure I prevent a global pandemic from starting and I’m going to be best friends with Kanye West.”
The comedian then went on to shout out his correspondents, starting with Michael Costa, who said he was leaving Noah in mourning. He then kicked it to Dessie Liddick, who joked that she would do Noah’s exit interview for Paramount. He started by asking her what her best personality trait was and then what she would miss most about him. “People who know you are lucky to know you,” Noah told Lyddick before jokingly adding, “One of the funniest people I’ve ever met but the worst weather person I’ve ever worked with.”
Dulce Sloan was the next correspondent to say goodbye to seven years The Daily Show The host joked that he was leaving them to make movies like the Hemsworth brothers. When Noah insists that he has nothing lined up, that he just wants to take some time off, she questions his choice. “So, you quit your job for nothing?” she asked. “Wow, you really are half white.”
Ronnie Chiang took the stage to share what’s trending on social media. “You know what’s trending right now, my feeling,” he told the host. “You saved me from working with amateur producers in Australia and Singapore.” “The whole time it felt like we were two immigrant Americans coming together to tell them what was wrong with them, which they always appreciate,” added Chiang. After being visibly emotional, Chiang joked with Noah that it was a lie, that he wasn’t actually sorry, and instead asked, “Can I be the new host?”
One of the final reporters to say goodbye to Noah was Roy Wood Jr., who asked the host to finally come clean on his last episode. When Noah asked Wood what he needed to come clean about, he said, “You’re not really African.” Wood continued the beat, wondering if he was really from Africa, “So why are you talking about the British?” Adding, “That’s no African word, man.” As Noah denies it, Wood gives up, saying, “Anyway, it’s been a good run.”
Jordan Klepper concludes the reporter’s farewell, referring to himself as a man who spends every week in America, “almost being killed by QAnon psychopaths”, to which Noah is surprised that Klepper is still alive. The reporter then launched a Trevor Noah version Jordan Klepper: Fingers the pulse. Klepper hit the streets of midtown Manhattan where he asked passersby about Noah’s departure. The Daily Show.
After a brief hiatus, Noah welcomed Neil Brennan to the stage, some 13 years after the friends met at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. When they meet, Brennan tells Noah, “America doesn’t tolerate people with accents on TV, so you should leave.” Once John Oliver began to find success as a host last week tonight, Brennan calls Noah and tells him to come back.
Noah went on to praise Brennan’s new special, BlockBefore Brennan returned the favor with Noah’s standup I do what you want, Calling it a favorite of Noah’s standups and his “strongest, cleanest material”.
As his final sign off The Daily Show The host, an emotional Noah, took a few minutes to thank the fans and black women who have shaped his life.
“I’m grateful to you, every single one of you,” Noah said in a clip released before his final show aired. “I remember when we started the show, we couldn’t get enough people to fill the audience.”
He said, comedy is like that. He recalled that when he started out as a comedian, there were empty seats at his shows and that’s why he doesn’t take it for granted now.
“To see that every seat that’s ever been filled, I always appreciate what I’m doing because I know the empty seat is sitting right behind it, so thank you,” he continued. “Thank you to everyone who watched, who shared clips, who commented, everyone who was kind enough and kind enough.”
Noah even thanked those who criticized or hated his show. “We’ve still got the ratings,” he joked. She then changed her focus and gave a special shout out to black women.
“I have often been credited for having this great idea,” said the host. “Who do you think teaches me? Who do you think shaped me, nurtured me, informed me? My mother, my elder, my aunt, all these black women in my life.”
He continues by saying that he tells people that if they want to know about America, they should ask black women because, “unlike everyone else, black women can’t afford to hang around and find out.”
“Black people understand how hard it is when things get bad,” Noah added. “When something goes bad, black people know it’s bad for them. But black women, especially, they know what shit is.”
The The Daily Show The host ended his final segment with some advice to the crowd.
“If you really 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,” Noah said. “They are many reasons why I came here.”
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