Trevor Noah pays employees' salaries from his own pocket
The Daily Show host is reportedly paying the salaries of 25 employees that have been put on furlough.
South African comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah is personally covering the salaries of 25 employees that have been put on furlough. Covid-19 has caused an industry-wide shutdown in the U.S, affecting talk shows like The Daily Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Entertainment news website Variety reported recently that, with Trevor hosting a remote version of the late-night talk show from his home, some employees are not able to contribute to its production.
It is only the writers, producers, and selected production staff who have been able to continue working on The Daily Social Distancing Show, while in-studio crew members such as camera operators, audio technicians, stage management personnel, and video operators have not been able to do so.
This remote-working version of the show is hosted from what appears to be Trevor’s apartment, and, due to its success, is set to be extended from a 30-minute episode to 45 minutes.
The Daily Show is now the top late-night viewing programme in the U.S, thanks to Trevor’s recent interview with American physician and immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci, which drew more than 43 million views.