The Daily Show will continue without Trevor Noah despite the low ratings

“The Daily Show” will continue after Trevor Noah’s shocking announcement that he’s leaving – nearly seven years after he succeeded Jon Stewart in Comedy Central’s late-night franchise.

Noah, 38, has been working with Comedy Central “for a long time” to figure out how to keep up the grueling late-night pace, insiders told The Post – while the internet has been awash with theories that his sudden departure is due to the ratings of the cable show.

“Let’s tell the truth here, #TrevorNoah is leaving the #DailyShow because the show can barely muster 400,000 viewers, less than 1/3 of its 2015 viewership,” read a tweet after Noah announced his news, continuing: ” …something tells me you won’t here [sic] much about reviews, although about his departure..”

Other Twitter users spoke upwho expresses the feeling that “anyone who thinks Trevor Noah got fired for anything but low ratings is an idiot.”

Noah’s numbers have been lower than Stewart’s, with few exceptions (the 2016 election season helped boost his viewership) — in both the younger demo and overall viewership — since he took over as anchor of The Daily Show.

At its peak in 2013, with Stewart at the helm, The Daily Show averaged 2.5 million viewers a night. During Noah’s tenure, it averaged just over 800,000 nightly viewers initially – but has since lost some of its audience, falling below the 400,000 mark at times.

Photo of Trevor Noah seated behind "The daily News" anchor desk.  He wears a brown suit and a pink tie.
Trevor Noah announced during Thursday night’s taping that he was leaving The Daily Show.
Photo of a younger Jon Stewart seated behind "The daily News" Writing desk.  He's wearing a dark suit and red tie, and his hair is much darker than it is now.
Jon Stewart, seen here on The Daily Show, garnered a much higher viewership on the Comedy Central late-night show than his replacement, Trevor Noah.
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Meanwhile, sources told the Post that Noah’s decision to share news of his decision while taping Thursday night’s show was his and his only.

“It was imperative for Trevor to share this news directly… as he wished [his studio audience] to hear it from him first,” said an insider.

“We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years,” a Comedy Central spokesman said in a statement to The Post. “With no timetable for his departure, we are working together on the next steps. As we look ahead, we look forward to the next chapter in The Daily Show’s 25+ year history as it continues to redefine culture through insightful and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences understand the world around them to understand.”

Noah took over as anchor of The Daily Show on September 28, 2015, succeeding Stewart, who in turn took over from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and helped grow the show into a late-night force during its 16-year run.

His imminent departure creates another void in the shrinking late-night arena. “The Late Late Show” host James Corden announced in April that he would be leaving his seat at 12:30 next year — no word yet on what CBS will do with that slot — during TBS’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee ‘ canceled in July after seven seasons. However, Jimmy Kimmel signed a three-year extension with ABC to continue hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The Daily Show will continue without Trevor Noah despite the low ratings

Emma Bowman

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