Trevor Noah is taking a summer-long break from The Daily Show starting this week. And when the late night TV host returns, things will look and feel a little different.
According to Comedy Central, Noah plans to begin his hiatus on Friday, June 18. Then, The Daily Show is scheduled to return on Sept. 13.
The network clarified that The Daily Show will continue to produce content over the summer, just not in its traditional format. The show’s correspondents are expected to create field pieces, sketches, and other videos while Noah is away.
While a break during the summer is nothing new for Noah, this will be by far the longest stretch he’s been away from the Daily Show desk. The comedian has been hosting the show from his apartment rather than the studio during the pandemic.
It was not made clear if Noah will be back in the studio come Sept. 13. But fans should expect a different look and feel to the show once the host returns. Noah recently told Arsenio Hall that change was coming:
"As for going back to the studio, I have a few surprises as to what that will look like. I’m working on a few things with the team, and we’re really excited because I want it to be intentional. I might never put on the suit or the shoes or whatever. I don’t know. This is who I am. I think the pandemic has stripped a lot of people of that pomp and ceremony. I think it’s a good thing. We see each other a little bit more. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to the suits and the leather shoes. If I do, I do. If I don’t, I don’t — but I will no longer think this is something I have to do."
Trevor Noah won’t be the only late night TV host taking a summer hiatus
Trevor Noah’s summer break is similar to the one taken by Jimmy Kimmel last year. The ABC late night host negotiated a longer break in his contract and put it to use in 2020.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! went on without Kimmel as a lineup of guest hosts filled in. Stars like David Spade, Anthony Anderson, and Dua Lipa all kept the show rolling.
The Daily Show is a bit of a different animal that doesn’t quite lend itself to guest hosts. Comedy Central is wise not to expect anyone to fill Noah’s shoes over the summer.
Meanwhile, Conan O’Brien is also winding down his late night show ahead of a hiatus. Conan will air its final episode on June 24. O’Brien’s late night TV run will end as he gears up to produce a new show on HBO Max.
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