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After seven years, Trevor Noah will leave the "Daily Show"

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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The comedian, who emerged from virtual obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart in 2015, plans to leave the flagship Comedy Central series after a seven-year run 

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in which he transformed it for a new audience that prefers social media to cable and broadcast networks.

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Two people with knowledge of the situation claim that Noah made his plans known to the audience during the New York taping of the show on Thursday night.

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 It was unclear when he would actually step down or whether the Paramount Global cable network had started looking for a replacement.

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 A representative for Noah named Jill Fritzo could not be reached right away for comment.

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"We are thankful to Trevor for our wonderful seven-year partnership. We're collaborating on the next steps even though there is no set date for his departure, the network said in a statement.

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 "As we look ahead, we're excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of 'The Daily Show,' as it continues to redefine culture through witty and biting social commentary, aiding audiences in making sense of the world around them," the statement reads.

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As TV's late-night lineup has started to dwindle, Noah's plans to leave have come to light. 

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There are fewer competitors for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel

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who continue to appear every weeknight at around 11:30 p.m. to make fun of the news and perform celebrity impressions and stunts.

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