Trevor Noah is complying with social distancing guidelines as he continues to produce his show—but he’s still going to take care of The Daily Show‘s now out of work crew.
Trevor Noah to Pay Salaries of Furloughed ‘Daily Show’ Crew (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/ciBdkwkXBc
— Variety (@Variety) April 30, 2020
Variety reported on Thursday that the Daily Show host will personally pay the salaries of 25 furloughed crew members from the show. Noah says he will cover their salaries until restrictions in place due to the pandemic are lifted and the industry-wide production shutdown ends.
The 25 Daily Show employees were furloughed after studio production of the show was halted last month. A lockdown approved version of the show referred to as The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah is still being produced remotely by Noah and writers, production staff, and producers who are able to work from their homes.
In-studio crew members are the most affected by social distancing protocol. Due to the nature of their jobs, camera operators, audio technicians, stage management personnel, and video operators are unable to work on the show at this time.
“These are the people who have been on the show with Trevor from day one and help him put on the show,” a source close to the show 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.”
On Monday Comedy Central announced 15 minutes of airtime will be added to Noah’s remote version of the show, and the program will now run at 45 minutes each day for the first time in the show’s history.
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