Trevor Noah, South African comedian and TV personality, has announced that he will be stepping down as the host of ‘The Daily Show’ — after seven years.

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‘The Daily Show’ is an American late-night talk and satirical news television programme aired on Comedy Central.

The show draws its comedy and satire from topical issues and often uses self-referential humour.

Noah took over as the show’s host from Jon Stewart, the US comedian, in 2015.

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But in a touching message on Thursday, the 38-year-old said he would leave as the anchor after the end of the show’s season seven.

“I realised that after seven years, my time is up. But in the most beautiful way, honestly. I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges,” he said.

“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–ty on the worst days. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time.”

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The comedian thanked fans for supporting him over the years, adding that several people initially doubted him when he was named the host.

“I remember when we first started… so many people didn’t believed in us,” he said. “(Appointing me as host) was a crazy bet to make. I still think it was a crazy choice, this random African,” he added.

“I just [find myself filled with gratitude for the journey. It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected.”

He also said he is leaving the show to focus on “another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring”.

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The emotional moment saw the show’s studio audience cheering him with a standing ovation and claps.

Noah snagged numerous awards during his seven-year stint as the show’s host.

In 2017, he won the ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series’ category at the Emmy Awards.

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