Earlier this evening during tonight’s taping of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart surprised audiences by announcing that he would be leaving the show later this year. Comedy Central has released the statement you can see below, the good news from the announcement is that he is not leaving until later this year. Jon Stewart has hosted the show for over 15 years and has been an absolutely phenomenal host. The show will continue, no word on who will be taking over is available at this time. On tonight’s show he stated that he believes it is time for someone else to have the incredible opportunity to host the show.
For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, ‘The Daily Show’ has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.