New York Daily News: By Joseph Wilkinson – The 38-year-old South African funnyman made the surprising announcement at the end of Thursday night’s taping.

“I realized that after the seven years, my time is up,” he told the audience. “After seven years, I feel like it’s time. I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, standup was done. And when I got back out there again, I realized there’s another part of my life I want to carry on exploring.”

The South Africa native was relatively unknown — as he put it, “on this side of the world” — when Comedy Central tapped him to take over for Jon Stewart in the host’s chair.

Stewart hosted the show for 16 years ending in 2015, and transformed it into the go-to satirical news show on US television, even though it aired at 11pm.

“I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of felt like Charlie in the chocolate factory,” Noah said Thursday. “I came in for a tour of the what the previous show was, and then the next thing I know, I was handed the keys.”

Noah did not say who his replacement might be or when exactly when he would leave, teasing only that, “We’ll still be here for the time being.”

Top Feature Photo: Trevor Noah arrives at the 2022 Emmy Awards on Sept 12 – ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images