The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has announced that he plans to leave the show, prompting speculation over who might replace him.
Noah announced that his time on the show was “up” in a video message shared to Twitter on Thursday night. The South African comedian, who replaced The Daily Show‘s longest-serving host Jon Stewart in 2015, called his “journey” on the program “absolutely amazing” but said that he wanted more time to explore other interests that conflict with his hosting duties.
“I realized that after the seven years, my time is up,” Noah said in the video. “But in the most beautiful way, honestly. I’ve loved hosting this show. It’s been one of my greatest challenges, it’s been one of my greatest joys… But after seven years I feel like it’s time.”
“I realized there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring,” he added. “I never dreamed that I would be here… All I can say is thank you very much. You’ve truly made this one of the best experience of my life.”
Noah said that his exit would not be “instant” and did not provide any hints about when he might be leaving the show. Comedy Central, the cable network that has aired The Daily Show since it began in 1996, said that it was grateful for its “amazing partnership” with Noah in a statement to Variety.
“With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps,” the network said. “We’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of ‘The Daily Show’ as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.”
Social media responded to the announcement by paying tribute to Noah and speculating on who might replace him as host of the satirical news show.
Comedians and talk show hosts including Amber Ruffin and Samantha Bee, who formerly acted as a Daily Show correspondent, were among the most popular choices to replace Noah. Current Daily Show correspondents like Roy Wood Jr. and Ronny Chieng were also mentioned by many.
“Trevor Noah is truly one of the best to ever do it,” tweeted activist and writer Anna Gifty. “Jon Stewart chose well, and I am looking forward to seeing a Black woman champion that desk (fingers crossed for @ambermruffin)!”
“The most obvious choices to replace the amazing Noah are @ambermruffin or @iamsambee,” writer Elie Mystal tweeted. “But you just know some suit will have a good relationship with his buddy’s uncle’s grandkid and they’ll try to make Mike Richards the new host.”
“Give this to @iamsambee,” tweeted broadcaster Roberto Abramowitz. “She’s the perfect replacement. Good luck @Trevornoah!”
“I can’t believe Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for 7 years and is now stepping down,” sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen tweeted. “He has to be the longest BIPOC late night talk show host in the U.S.? And who will take over? I hope Ronny Chieng!”
“Either @roywoodjr or @ronnychieng would crush it as the next Daily Show host,” tweeted user @mrmike772.”
“Gonna miss Trevor Noah. Anyway we fans of daily show would love to see the king of comedy @prattprattpratt [actor Chris Pratt] as the next daily show host,” @DistractionForU tweeted.
“So who’s the next host of the Daily Show?” tweeted film critic Kyle Smith. “Hannah Gadsby?”
“Motion to replace Trevor Noah with LeVar Burton,” @TrivWorks tweeted.
Newsweek reached out to Noah’s publicist for comment.