US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah recently visited the country as part of his ‘Savanna Presents Trevor Noah Live in South Africa’ tour. During his stay, he took some time to sit down with a couple of radio stations and revealed that he struggled with being accepted as the host of American talk show The Daily Show because people refused to accept him.
According to the comedian, it was often lonely for him when he first started working on the show because people were rejecting him.
TREVOR NOAH OPENS UP ABOUT ‘DAILY SHOW’ STRUGGLES
While Trevor Noah has made quite the success of himself as a comedian and media personality, it would appear that not all that glitters is gold for the South African born star.
Speaking to Radio 702’s Clement Manyathela, he opened up about facing rejection from Americans who did not want him to take over The Daily Show from former host Jon Stewart.
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“I don’t think it was eight years of incredible success, there was a few years of struggling, which is part of the journey,” said Trevor.
According to him, they took issue with stuff like his accent.
“It was very lonely. It was lonely because I came in very much as an outsider, people were complaining even about my accent.”
A LITTLE HART GOES A LONG WAY
Trevor told Clement that things started getting better for him when fellow comedian Kevin Hart visited the show.
Kevin was reportedly the first and only star who decided to take a chance on Trevor as the show’s new host.
“Kevin came; he was the first guest on my show. He put his neck on the line there… I will always be grateful to this guy.
“I couldn’t get a single guest on my show when we were starting. People were just like ‘we’re not coming, we’re not going to take a chance with this guy’.”