Yesterday The Daily Show with Trevor Noah announced it would stop production to take an unprecedented three month hiatus and return this fall with a “brand new look and feel.” Additionally, judging from a recent interview he gave, those changes may be some big ones. While many late night shows are welcoming back studio audiences this week, TDS was one of the first shows to come back on the air post-quarantine as The Daily Social Distancing Show and extending its runtime to 45 minutes with a much more casual approach from Trevor’s living room.
It’s entirely possible this hiatus is to give Noah a well-deserved break as much as it is to refresh and re-frame the show in a post 2020/COVID-19/BLM movement landscape.
“As for going back to the studio, I have a few surprises as to what that will look like,” Noah stated in the interview. “People always say, ‘When are you going back?’ I’m never going back, I’m only moving forward.”
He continued regarding his wardrobe, “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.”
Comedy Central added that despite the hiatus, the show will “continue to produce exclusive brand content across its digital, social and podcast platforms.” Throughout the summer, it will feature new and original content from the entire News Team including field packages, sketches and explainers as well as the show’s legendary bio films on notable figures, and more
A three month late night break is definitely unheard of, but similar stints have happened. Last summer, Jimmy Kimmel took an extended vacation and welcomed a revolving door of guest hosts but Noah has no plans for guests hosts.
But what those changes will be exactly still remains a mystery. We can’t wait to see what happens!
The break will start at the end of this week on June 18th and return on Comedy Central September 13th.