The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is personally paying the salaries of 25 crew members who are furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports Variety.
The entertainment industry is among other industries affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with tv and movie productions put on hold while people are ordered to stay home in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. However, talk shows like ‘The Daily Show‘ are still continuing to run with Trevor Noah broadcasting from the comfort of his home since mid-March.
According to the report, Noah is personally paying the salaries of 25 furloughed members of “The Daily Show” crew amid the industry-wide production shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Noah has informed crew members that he will continue to pay their salaries until production begins to ramp back up in the television industry.
“These are the people who have been on the show with Trevor from day one and help him put on the show,” a source told Variety. “Trevor is personally covering their salaries until the production business opens again. He respects his crew tremendously and feels it’s only right that they get through this together.”
This marks the sixth week of The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah that Trevor Noah now anchors from his home without the help of a live audience or the New York-based studio.
As The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah enters its sixth week of hugely successful remote shows, Comedy Central announced on Monday that it is being extended from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
“The Daily Show” currently reigns as the No. 1-rated show in late night among viewers 18-34. Noah’s March 26 interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci has garnered more than 43 million views.