Trevor Noah wins the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Series, He is the first black person to win the Emmy
Written by Brooklyn Masuku on 16 January, 2024
In a triumphant return to the winner’s circle, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah clinched the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Talk Series” on Monday night, marking the show’s first victory in the category since the departure of Jon Stewart in 2015.
The win is particularly sweet as it coincides with Trevor Noah’s final year as the charismatic host of the Comedy Central gem.
With infectious enthusiasm, Noah graciously accepted the prestigious accolade, expressing his gratitude to the dedicated team behind the scenes and paying homage to the visionary Jon Stewart.
“This story has been so long, so crazy, so wonderful,” Noah remarked, capturing the essence of the incredible journey The Daily Show has undertaken.
In a playful nod to the competitive spirit of the awards, Noah couldn’t resist poking fun at breaking HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’s impressive win streak in the variety talk category. A strategic shift in the rules this year repositioned Last Week Tonight into the scripted variety category, creating an opening for a new champion in the talk category, a position last held in 2016.
“I told you we’d beat John Oliver if he wasn’t in our category. We did it, we got rid of John Oliver,” Noah quipped with a smile, adding a touch of humour to the celebratory moment.
The victory was hard-earned, with The Daily Show overcoming formidable contenders, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Problem with Jon Stewart, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Noah took a moment to acknowledge the integral contributors to the show’s success, including David Kibuuka, Joseph Opio, David Meyer, Roy Wood Jr., Jordan Klepper, and showrunner Jen Flanz.
“I want to start by thanking the crazy Africans who followed me to this country, David Kibuuka and Joseph Opio, David Meyer, my partner in crime, the writers and the team, Roy Wood Jr. from the very beginning, Jordan Klepper, whose flight got cancelled, showrunner Jen Flanz, this woman rode with me through the trenches,” Noah expressed, expressing gratitude to the dedicated individuals who played a crucial role in the show’s triumph.
As the curtain falls on Trevor Noah’s tenure as the host of The Daily Show, the Emmy win stands as a fitting tribute to his impactful and entertaining contribution to the world of late-night television.