The show must go on.
“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah appeared on his nightly broadcast Tuesday —but stayed silent throughout the episode.
Noah is battling a vocal issue and was instructed by his doctor not to speak in an effort to avoid needing surgery, it was revealed on the show.
Tuesday’s episode began with Noah sitting next to comic Mike Acosta, who addressed the audience on behalf of the host.
“You’ve probably noticed that this is a little different,” Acosta said, speaking as Noah. “Well, what happened was, over the weekend, I lost my voice.”
Acosta read the monologue for Tuesday’s show, while fellow comic Roy Wood Jr. sat down next to Noah for a later segment. Throughout the episode, Noah made hand gestures to go along with whatever his guests were saying.
They did not reveal how long Noah is expected to be on vocal rest, or how the hosting duties will be addressed moving forward.
Noah, who took over the Comedy Central program in 2015, was in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the weekend to host a Global Citizen concert commemorating Nelson Mandela.
The 34-year-old Noah, who was born in Johannesburg, further explained his vocal issue in a Twitter post Tuesday night, adding that he needs to cancel some of his upcoming stand-up gigs.
“I thought that my vocal cords were healed but according to the doctor, flying 36 hours and hosting a giant concert in South Africa didn’t help me,” he wrote. “So now if I want to get better I have to take it seriously so that I can perform at 100 percent on my new tour next year. I hate cancelling shows but I also hate the idea of losing my voice forever so I’m postponing all this year’s stand up shows and working hard on rehabbing the voice.”