Trevor Noah Announces Exit From 'the Daily Show'

At the end of his show on Thursday night, Trevor Noah shocked the studio audience and viewers at home when he said that he was leaving The Daily Show after seven years.

Noah said, "My time is up." People in the crowd gasped. "Yes, but honestly in the most beautiful way."

When he took over the show from Jon Stewart in 2015, he said it was "one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys."

Noah said he made the decision after two years of hosting the show from his New York apartment and finally being able to go back on the road as a stand-up comedian.

"I miss putting on shows in other countries," he said. "I miss being able to go anywhere and do anything."

Noah said, "I never thought I'd be here" after thanking everyone who helped him get where he is now.

He compared himself to Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who was "handed the keys" by Stewart's Willy Wonka.

He told viewers that this was not his last episode and that he would "still be here for the time being." He also said, "All I can say is thank you very much."

In the seven years since, he's become a world-famous stand-up comedian, had Netflix specials, and hosted the Grammys and White House Correspondents' Dinner in the last year.