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‘The Daily Show’ host and comedian Trevor Noah. Photo: Comedy Central

No US tour, ‘The Daily Show’ for Trevor Noah as COVID-19 takes centre stage

The last taping of the ‘The Daily Show’ included a hilarious farewell song penned and personally delivered by the popular comedian.

The Daily Show Trevor Noah

‘The Daily Show’ host and comedian Trevor Noah. Photo: Comedy Central

Trevor Noah has announced that the scheduled shows for his United States (US) tour have been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus. 

On his Instagram page, the author the autobiographical Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood  explained that this was his contribution to the efforts of the global community to slow down the virus.

This follows in the wake of US President Donald Trump ban on all travel from Europe and Asia in a bid to reduce infections of the virus in the US. 

Noah’s ‘contribution to slowing spread’ of coronavirus

“In support of the World Health Organisation’s efforts to inform and help individual communities slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I will be postponing all tour dates for next month,” Noah said. 

“By reducing large gatherings, we can help flatten the curve of any possible outbreaks to keep it manageable within our communities.  All postponed dates will be rescheduled and new show info will be posted to my website as it comes in. 

“Looking forward to seeing you all on a happier and healthier note,” Noah wrote. 

‘The Daily Show’ follows host of other talk show suspensions

The Daily Show, which Noah films in New York, has also suspended production. It follows major TV talk shows in the US of which filming have been halted, including The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Steven Colbert and The Wendy Williams Show

“Our top priority is the safety of our guests and staff. Beginning Monday 16 March, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Lights Out with David Spade will temporarily suspend production as a precautionary measure,” a Comedy Central spokesperson said. 

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation per guidance issued by the CDC and public health authorities and hope to return Monday 30 March.”

Serenading last live audience

Noah made light of the final taping in front of a live audience on Friday 13 March when he delivered a song he had composed. Accompanied by an electronic keyboard, he sang a track which poked fun at all the habits of people who have been on the talk show. 

“Time for social distancing/ Pack your things and go/ Just know that I’ll be waiting for you to come back to the show,” Noah sang heartily

Watch Trevor Noah’s full tribute to the studio audience below: